Bacteria Are Eating The Titanic

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In a few decades, the Titanic might be unrecognisable thanks to hungry bacteria. Halomonas titanicae is one of many species of bacteria that turn iron into rust, but H. titanicae takes it to the next level. Discovered in 1991 on the Titanic but only identified as a previously undiscovered species in 2010, H. titanicae digests rust made by other bacteria, eating large parts of the famous shipwreck. Normally, these rust-loving bacteria live on the seafloor but, when shipwrecks settle on the seafloor, they start to climb onto their new home. Read full article here

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