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  • When Robert Ballard and his team discovered the Titanic in 1985, they chose not to remove anything from the wreckage. According to the laws of the sea, removing anything would have meant that Ballard and his team were the owners of the site. Two years later, a private company returned to the site of the wreck and claimed it as their own by removing artifacts.

    Evidence is mounting that the Titanic is under seige by natural forces, careless visitors and rogue salvage operators. Robert Ballard, along with families of Titanic victims and survivors, is on a mission to ensure that the Titanic will survive for another 100 years.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    archaeology Noun

    study of human history, based on material remains.

    Encyclopedic Entry: archaeology
    artifact Noun

    material remains of a culture, such as tools, clothing, or food.

    bacteria Plural Noun

    (singular: bacterium) single-celled organisms found in every ecosystem on Earth.

    field work Noun

    scientific studies done outside of a lab, classroom, or office.

    Encyclopedic Entry: field work
    ocean Noun

    large body of salt water that covers most of the Earth.

    Encyclopedic Entry: ocean
    oceanography Noun

    study of the ocean.

    Encyclopedic Entry: oceanography
    preservation Noun

    protection from use.

    rust Verb

    to dissolve and form a brittle coating, as iron does when exposed to air and moisture.

    scavenge Verb

    to feed on dead or decaying material.

    Titanic Noun

    luxury cruise ship that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912.

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