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.
For Further Exploration
- National Geographic Explorers: Robert Ballard, Ocean Explorer
- National Geographic Magazine: Why is Titanic Vanishing?
- National Geographic Magazine: Titanic Revisited
- National Geographic News: New Titanic Pictures Mark 25th Anniversary of Discovery
- National Geographic News: New Bacteria Found on Titanic; Eats Metal
- National Geographic News: Titanic Is Falling Apart
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.
to dissolve and form a brittle coating, as iron does when exposed to air and moisture.
to feed on dead or decaying material.
luxury cruise ship that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912.