Bacteria Halomonas Titanicae Eats Up RMS Titanic Wreckage Faster

by OldSailor on December 10, 2010


rms_titanic_wreck_1 RMS Titanic, world’s largest passenger steamship sank on the night of April 14, 1912 and remains as a wreck at a depth of 2.5 miles at 41°43′55″N 49°56′45″W.

Now it is reported that

  • the wreckage is being swallowed faster by the iron-oxide munching bacteria from the family Halomonadaceae.
  • this new bacteria was identified by using the latest DNA technology, from the bacterial species collected from rusticles of Titanic wreck by Henrietta Mann (of Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada), Bhavleen Kaur (of Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada), Cristina Sanchez-Porro & Antonio Ventosa (both from University of Sevilla, Spain).
  • during the time of research, the bacteria was named as BH1, after the researchers Bhavleen and Henrietta.
  • now the bacteria is aptly named as Halomonas titanicae, and is published in the December 2010 issue of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.

In 1995, the researchers predicted that the wreck may not last for not more than 30 years. Now it is deteriorating much faster than expected and may soon be left as a rust stain.

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