The rusticle-encrusted Titanic at the bottom of the ocean (left), and the RMS Titanic before tragedy struck (right)
Titanic rusticle beneath the microscope
Researchers have discovered a new form of micro-organism munching away at the hull of the RMS Titanic, and named it Halomonas titanicae
The Titanic's 50,000 tons of iron is being consumed by various microbes, including a new one which researchers have named Halomonas titanicae
Misfortune continues to take a bite out of the world's most famous ocean liner – literally. Twenty-five years after the RMS Titanic's ocean grave was discovered a few hundred miles off the coast of Newfoundland, researchers have identified a new bacteria feeding on the great ship's hulk. The scientists believe that the new micro-organism may work with a complex variety of bacteria, which inhabit a microscopic world inside porous mounds of rusty stalactites called rusticles, to break down metal into a fine powder.
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