Extremely accurate, full-size 3D scans of the Titanic wreck, which rests at the bottom of the Atlantic, have appeared on the web.
The impressive materials are the result of efforts that researchers carried out on the wreck in the summer of 2022, and were based on nearly 200 h of work with underwater robots that collected the necessary data, taking a total of about 700,000 images.
Specialists from deep-sea mapping company Magellan Ltd. and Atlantic Productions, which is working on a documentary film about the entire project, are the ones behind making them.
These are the first ever full-size scans of the wreck, showing the Titanic in a way it has never been seen before. The legendary ship has been at an inaccessible depth of 3780 meters since it sank in 1912. What’s more, the wreck is in declining condition and the documentation created will surely preserve it for later generations.
Precise three-dimensional models also provide priceless scientific material. Expeditions to the wreck are extremely expensive, making the study of the Titanic not one of the easiest. Based on accurately reproduced models full of details, scientists can explore the wreck, completely as if they were underwater.
Much of what we know about the wreck and sinking of the Titanic is based only on circumstantial evidence, scraps of data and assumptions. Although the wreck of the British ocean liner has been intensively studied since its discovery in 1985, its vastness and the technological limitations of the equipment at the time allowed only a mere touch of the wreck and its secrets. There has also never been an opportunity to see the entire wreck before, it has always been particular sections.
The wreck of the RMS Titanic rests at a tremendous depth and is rapidly deteriorating under the forces of nature acting on it. In addition, the vessel, while sinking, broke into two parts, which today rest on the seabed about 800 meters apart. Between them and in the immediate vicinity of the two fragments are scattered countless artifacts from the ship. With the 3D models created, researchers will finally be able to look at all of these pieces as a whole.
The ability to “explore” the wreck indefinitely could help answer some questions. Scientists have made no secret of their hopes that the 3D model will allow them to find out exactly what happened on the night of April 14-15, 1912.
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