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New pictures of the Titanic mark 25th anniversary of discovery

National Geographic has posted some beautiful new photographs of the Titanic to mark the 25th anniversary of the famous shipwreck’s discovery.

In what Expedition Titanic is calling the clearest picture yet of Titanic’s bow, the ocean liner’s cargo crane—and yet more rusticles—make an appearance.

Rusticles form as microbes eat away at Titanic and form self-contained, icicle-like biological communities.

By 1996 there were some 650 tons (dry weight) of rusticles on the outside of Titanic’s bow section alone (picture), according to estimates by microbiologist Roy Cullimore, a microbiologist and veteran Titanic explorer. Since then rusticles have continued to grow both inside and outside the wreck.

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