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Titanic iceberg was over 100,000 years old

By T.K. Randall
March 6, 2016 · Comment icon 7 comments



The iceberg that sunk the Titanic was originally much larger. Image Credit: Willy Stower - 1912
A university professor has revealed new details about the iceberg that sunk the RMS Titanic in 1912.
The sinking of the Titanic is one of the most well known and talked about disasters in history, but what isn't quite as well documented is the large chunk of ice that the ship struck before it sank.

According to Professor Grant Bigg of Sheffield University, the offending iceberg, which at the time of the disaster measured 400ft long and weighed 1.5 million tons, was originally an absolute giant weighing over 75 million tons and measuring up to 1,700ft long.

Formed from snow that fell over 100,000 years ago, the huge iceberg must have been melting for months before it eventually found its way in to the path of the notoriously 'unsinkable' ship.
Professor Bigg's findings were based on observations made at the time of the disaster combined with modern data about ocean and wind currents.

"We have a computer model for calculating the paths of icebergs in any given year," he said.

"We take what we know about ocean currents, then add meteorological readings for that year to calculate prevailing winds. Applying those techniques to 1912 points to the iceberg coming from around Qassimiut on Greenlandís southwest coast."

Source: Belfast Live | Comments (7)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Ell 7 years ago
Ridiculous.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Wickian 7 years ago
Just to be clear, they don't have any actual proof for this claim.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Twin 7 years ago
Is there a point to this story? Would there be a difference if it were only 1,000 years old?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Infernal Gnu 7 years ago
Yes. It reminds me of a piece of coal I have from the shipwreck of the SS Republic in 1865. Since it is probably millions of years old, I can't say it is a 151-year-old piece of coal, just that it was aboard that ship 151 years ago.
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
So "Global Warming" caused the demise of the Titanic?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Vance665 7 years ago
Terminology. The "iceberg" was probably less than a year old.The glacier from which it broke apart could well have been over 100,000 years old. But its not an iceberg untill after it breaks off from the glacier. Maybe something has been lost in translation?
Comment icon #7 Posted by spud the mackem 7 years ago
The iceberg was happily bobbing along minding its own business when this bloody great iump of metal decided to see who was best..Any Mariner knows that you don't go charging through Iceberg waters at full speed


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