The world's most famous shipwreck has been revealed in stunning detail thanks to a new digital scan. The scan, which was conducted by deep-sea mapping company Magellan Ltd. and Atlantic Productions, provides a 3D view of the entire Titanic, from its bow to its stern.
The scan is the first to capture the entire wreck in its entirety. Previous scans have only been able to capture parts of the ship, or have been limited in their detail. The new scan is so detailed that it is even possible to see the serial number on the blade of one of the ship's propellers.
It also reveals the extent of the damage that the Titanic sustained when it sank. The ship is broken into two pieces, and the bow and stern are separated by about 800 meters (2,600 feet). The debris field around the wreck is also clearly visible in the scan.
The new scan is a major breakthrough in our understanding of the Titanic. It will allow scientists to study the wreck in more detail and to learn more about how it sank. The scan could also help to identify the remains of the passengers and crew who died in the disaster.
Conducted using a state-of-the-art multibeam sonar system, the sonar system sends out sound waves that bounce off the seabed and the wreck. The reflected sound waves are then used to create a 3D image of the underwater environment.
Taking several weeks to complete, it was conducted in the North Atlantic Ocean, about 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, where the Titanic lies at a depth of about 3,800 meters (12,500 feet).