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What happened to the giant iceberg that sank the Titanic?

We know the sad fate of the ocean liner, but little about the iceberg that collided with it

The sinking of RMS Titanic It is one of the most famous maritime catastrophes, if not the most famous of all, and despite the fact that it occurred more than a century ago, it continues to arouse interest.

One way trip

The tragedy of Titanic occurred on the night of April 14-15, 1912, when the British ocean liner was making its maiden voyage between Southampton and New York.

Trip that could not finish because it hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic.

On board the ship were traveling 2,200 people, between crew and passengers, of which only 700 survived, that because the ship completely sank and did not have enough lifeboats.

And although we might think that people who fell into the sea could have survived by floating or swimming, the water was at -2 ° C and since the rescue was not very fast, it is most likely that those who did not drown, died of hypothermia.

Solid water and liquid water

That part of the Atlantic is undoubtedly very cold and it is common for icebergs to exist and although it seems contradictory, a century later, due to climate change, there are many more in that area.

Icebergs they are pieces of ice that are shed from glaciers: that is why they may be more common now that the planet’s average temperature has risen and glaciers are slowly falling apart.

Glaciers they drop huge chunks of ice into the sea, like the one that hit the Titanic. Icebergs float because water increases in volume when it becomes solid, that is, when it freezes, so ice has a density less than liquid water.

This particularity of water has favored that life in bodies of water can exist even in very cold climates: in the lakes only the upper part freezes, and in the lower part the fish can continue to swim. But this was not so good for the Titanic.

A minute of silence

We know what happened to the Titanic, its passengers and crew, on that fateful night it sank, but we know little about the iceberg that started the tragedy.

It must have been a very large icebergAlthough almost impossible to see on a dark, moonless night, as is known, it was April 14, 1912.

The survivors described him later, but of course no one stopped to take photos of him. Although the graphic record of the iceberg is doubtful, there are some photographs taken around the days of the sinking, which are thought to correspond to the infamous iceberg.

What is certain is that it must have remained in the same place for a long time: those huge mountains of ice float adrift until over time, they become part of the liquid water of the ocean.

We know that huge icebergs can take decades to melt completely and although the one that sank the Titanic was great it must not have existed that long, perhaps floated a couple of years out there, until it melted and was forgotten, unlike the tragedy it caused.