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Arctic Ice And The Voyage Of The Titanic

Arctic Ice And The Voyage Of The Titanic

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One hundred and two years ago this week, the Titanic set off on its fateful maiden voyage from the United Kingdom. Coinciding with that anniversary is a new report from British researchers who...

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Antarctic Ice Facing Changes By Fast-Flowing Glaciers
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Tragedy Of Titanic Can Now Be Avoided Thanks To New Tracking Systems
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This weekend marks a century since the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg while crossing the North Atlantic, taking 1,500 lives down to the bottom of the sea with it. Now, technology has paved the way for disasters like Titanic to be avoided, such as the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea and the International Ice Patrol (IIP). The IIP monitors icebergs and establishes an iceberg danger area based on observations that are being fed into drift and melt models. The Ice...

An 'Event-Cascade' At Play In Bringing Down The Titanic
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Image 1 - West Antarctic Ice Shelves Tearing Apart at the Seams
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A team of astronomers from Texas State University is claiming the moon was an accomplice in bringing down the Titanic. Texas State researcher Donald Olson said the moon may help explain why the icebergs initially got into the path of the Titanic. “Of course, the ultimate cause of the accident was that the ship struck an iceberg. The Titanic failed to slow down, even after having received several wireless messages warning of ice ahead,” Olson said recently. The researchers...