Bacteria will Destroy the Titanic in 20 Years

15.03.2017

Parts of the body of the legendary ship Titanic, which lie on the seabed, can be completely destroyed in a few decades. The reason is the aggressive activity of bacteria that cause rust.

Bacteria will Destroy Titanic in 20 Years

The ship sank in 1912, and its fragments were found only in 1985, at a depth of 3,750 meters. Small fragments were brought to the surface, but stern and head remained under water. Scientists have noticed that parts of the Titanic body are covered with multi-layer rust. As it turned out, its growth is provoked by bacteria of a previously unknown species, which eventually got its name in honor of the ship - Halomonas titanicae. These microorganisms receive the necessary energy, oxidizing the compounds of ferrous iron to trivalent that is rust. Because of bacteria, debris corrosion occurs very quickly. Any ancient wood vessel would have been preserved in sea water much better. According to experts, in 20 years no trace will remain from the Titanic. But the unique properties of Halomonas titanicae can be useful in developing new technologies for cleaning the World Ocean from various types of metal debris.