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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. This mammoth shipwreck continues to haunt us and to capture our imagination a century later.
You may have seen the movie by James Cameron, now out in 3D, watched television specials and read articles on the topic. But if you want to explore the Titanic wreck yourself, you can either hire a one-person sub, as James Cameron did last month or explore using Google Earth.
Google Earth now has an animated feature that allows you to explore the Titanic wreck. Working with National Geographic and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Google Earth lets you travel to the bottom of the Atlantic and explore an animated rendering of the Titanic wreck.
Enter “Titanic” in the search box and travel to the site of the wreck, 12484 feet below sea level. Check out the portholes, the propeller, and the underside of the hull. See where the sea life has eaten away at the remains of the ship.
You can navigate around the ship and see that the two parts of the hull landed quite far apart. The damage to the hull is also visible as you maneuver the image around to see it from all sides. Check out this video showing you the features of the tour.
For more exploring Titanic, check out undersea images of the remains of the Titanic on Panoramio: Titanic photos. This photo gallery by the NOAA, allows you not only to see incredible images of the Titanic, it also places the images on the Google Earth map so you can see where the remains are.
After you’re finished exploring the visual images of Titanic, check out @TitanicRealTime on Twitter to read tweets giving you a feel for the events surrounding the sinking of the Titanic as they actually happened. @HistoryChannel is also tweeting real time events from the Titanic sinking today and tomorrow in “Titanic time,” which is 90 minutes ahead of Eastern time. Also follow @RMS_Titanic_Inc for more Titanic tweets.
For more Titanic information including news of tributes to Titanic victims around the world and a list of survivors of the wreck, check out Encyclopedia Titanica.
Are you intrigued by Titanic history? Do you enjoy exploring on Google Earth? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* S.S. Titanic image by Roger Marks