Invisible Bacteria Haunts Heritage
In a recent revelation, a team of Canadian researchers has managed to find that there are fair chances that there would be nothing left of the Titanic, except a pile of "rusticles". This warning came after Mann, a biologist and geologist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, examined the samples got from the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, and post seeing them under an electronic microscope, she managed to conclude that there is a formation of rust which can be seen hanging off the massive ship.
Such kind of bacteria, which is being called as Halomonas Titanicae, is told to be formed under water when wrought iron oxidizes. Moreover, this process has been going on for a long time, which has converted the steel into rusticles.
It is believed that the bacteria is hard to be identified through eyes, as it is of 1.6 micrometers in length, and moreover, it has grown into billions in the past so many years.
"The Titanic is 50 000 tons of steel. So, there is plenty of food for my bacteria”, said the Canadian researcher, who further said that the bacteria might have attacked ship's windows, stairways, and gates too, except the material made up of brass.
Though the actual speed of the deterioration is yet not confirmed, the evidence available suggests that the process must be fast enough. In case such speed continued, then there would be nothing left except the piles of rust in the next 20 to 30 years.
There is no doubt that any unexpected damage to the Titanic would be a huge loss for the heritage, but it has shown other angle that all the old ships, oil rigs and cargo which have gone deep inside the sea would not pollute the water instead they would be eaten up by some or the other water bacteria.