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April 16, 2012

Whatever happened to the iceberg that sank the Titanic?

Red Streak: Only known photo of the iceberg that struck Titanic.

The iceberg began its slow journey to the North Atlantic over three thousand years ago. Again, we can only guess at the exact details, but the story likely began with snowfall on the western coast of Greenland somewhere around 1,000 BCE. --Details at io9

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Seems to me the Titanic struck the iceberg rather than the iceberg striking the Titanic.

Posted by: monkeyfan at April 16, 2012 5:53 PM

The red paint was below the waterline, so that streak is much too high, unless the iceberg rolled over, which is certainly possible.

Posted by: rickl at April 16, 2012 8:27 PM

rickl -

Titanicites have speculated that as the iceberg drifted south, it hit warmer waters and began to melt from underneath. As the weight of the berg lessened, it rose in the water and revealed the paint scrapes ...

Posted by: Adriane at April 17, 2012 12:51 AM

Adriane, if the iceberg melted from underneath, it would gradually sink, not rise. Think of it this way -- ice is buoyant because it is less dense than water. As the buoyant part gets smaller, the buoyancy of the entire berg becomes less, so little by little, it sinks into the water.
Rickl's speculation that it rolled is plausible.

Posted by: Daniel K Day at April 17, 2012 8:35 AM

What happened to the iceberg? Well, given the circulation of water around the globe, there is likely a minute quantity of it in every rain drop. In fact you probably have a small amount of it in your body as I do in mine. As we all do.

Posted by: stuart at April 17, 2012 8:49 AM

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