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Scientists Create First Full Map of Titanic Wreckage

It could shed new light on exactly what happened
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2012 4:34 PM CST

(Newser) – For the first time ever, researchers have constructed a complete map of the Titanic's underwater shipwreck site. When the Titanic sank in 1912, debris was scattered across an area measuring 3 by 5 miles. To draw a detailed map of the area, scientists dispatched robots to take more than 100,000 photographs and used sonar imaging technology to scour the seabed, reports AP. The History channel will air a two-hour documentary on the project on April 15, the 100th anniversary of the sinking.

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"With the sonar map, it's like suddenly the entire room lit up and you can go from room to room with a magnifying glass and document it," said a Titanic historian. "Nothing like this has ever been done for the Titanic site." The precise map might help answer mysteries like how the ship broke apart and whether a flaw in its design contributed to the disaster. (Read more Titanic stories.)

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