Scientist: Titanic Struck an Ancient Iceberg

Scientist: Titanic Struck an Ancient Iceberg

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Grant Bigg, a professor of earth system science at Sheffield University, believes that the iceberg Titanic struck in April 1912 may have originated in southwest Greenland in snow that fell over 100,000 years ago. Bigg is set to present his findings at the Cambridge Science Festival, which starts on Monday, 7 March. “We take what we know about ocean currents, then add in meteorological readings for that year to calculate the prevailing winds. Applying those techniques to 1912 points to the iceberg coming from around Qassimiut on Greenland’s southwest coast,” Bigg said in a Sunday Times article.

The iceberg that sunk Titanic was approximately 400 feet long and soared some 100 feet above the surface of the sea, giving it an estimated weight of of 1.5 million tons. Bigg calculates that the the iceberg likely began its journey substantially larger–around 1,700 feet  long and weighing some 75 million tons.

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