Having sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic over a hundred years ago, taking with it over a thousand passengers, the RMS Titanic could soon vanish forever.
The wreck of the ship was discovered in 1985 and since then it's become a source of endless curiosity and a pop culture phenomenon thanks to James Cameron's 1997 film.
But over a century underwater has taken its toll on what remains of the wreckage, and scientists predict that in the coming two decades the remains of the ship will be eradicated by a species of bacteria which is steadily eating away its iron hull.
BBC Earth reports that scientists from Dalhousie University in Canada uncovered the bacteria after an initial team in 1991 collected samples of icicle-like formations of rust – "rusticles" – hanging from the ship.
Henrietta Mann, the scientist leading the identification of the bacteria, named the species after its famous victim, Halomonas titanicae.
Able to withstand the crushing pressures of the deep water, as well as the pitch black environment that has thus far preserved the ship from damage from other lifeforms, it will mean the Titanic will eventually disappear.
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