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Images mark 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic

By: Katherine Butler on April 2, 2012, 1:27 p.m.
Titanic wreckage


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A shipwreck collapsing into itself

When Titanic was discovered in 1985, it set off a storm of interest. In the years since, experts have noted the ship's intense decay. As National Geographic notes, “already explorers have documented caved-in roofs, weakening decks, a stern perhaps on the edge of collapse, and the disappearance of Titanic's crow's nest.” While mollusks have eaten most of the Titanic’s wood, microbes have consumed its metals, leaving icicle-like “rusticles” along the ship. Experts believe that eventually, the ship will disintegrate into a rust stain on the ocean floor.