THE REAL SCIENCE BEHIND:
The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters
First Titanic dives in 14 years reveal how the ocean floor is swallowing up the shipwreck
Considering we can’t even see what’s daily under our noses and above our heads, it’s no wonder we have such a hard time seeing things that are less obvious—things like the being that is, at this very moment, 12,600 feet beneath the Atlantic Ocean consuming the wreck of the Titanic.
Interestingly, the being is not a singular species. It’s a consortium of microbes—20 different species of bacteria, two species of fungus, and at least one species of archaea— working together in concert to carry out an endeavor that would be impossible for any one of them alone. They’ve come together, each with their own part to play, to harvest the iron out of the ship, 12,600 feet under the sea.
~An excerpt from Sleep of Reason
THE REAL SCIENCE:
The RMS Titanic was visited by divers for the first time in 14 years, and the ship that was once a picture of luxury was found in the process of being swallowed up by the ocean floor and ravaged by metal-eating bacteria.
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Margaret Riley is a wordsmith, slow-kayaker, slow-skiier, photographer of strange realities, and a deep believer in the magic of story time.