Mapping the Titanic debris field

The bow section of the Titanic resting on the Atlantic Ocean bottom. A pair of self-propelled, undersea robots scoured the 3-by-5-mile debris field, snapping more than 100,000 hi-resolution side-scan sonar images that a computer lated stitched together to create the most comprehensive map yet of the disaster’s remains.

The bow section roughly corresponds to the highlighted portion of the photo below.

The stern section, which suffered far more damage during the two-and-a-half-mile plunge to the ocean bottom, lies in pieces scattered half a mile away from the bow.

Researchers from RMS Titanic Inc., the wreck’s legal custodian, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Falmouth, Massachusetts, and the Waitt Institute of La Jolla, California carried out the survey, the results of which will be featured in a two-hour┬áHistory Channel documentary April 15, 100 years after the Titanic sinking. More photos here.

H/T: Roland McCaffrey.

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