'Oldest Intact Shipwreck Known To Mankind' Found In Depths Of Black Sea

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    https://www.npr.org/2018/10/23/6598...known-to-mankind-found-in-depths-of-black-sea

    "More than a mile beneath the surface of the Black Sea, shrouded in darkness, an ancient Greek ship sat for millennia unseen by human eyes — until the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project happened upon its watery grave last year.

    The team announced the find Tuesday, saying its discovery has been "confirmed as the oldest intact shipwreck known to mankind." Radiocarbon-dated to roughly 400 B.C., the trading vessel plied the waves in the days of Plato and Sophocles, when the city-states of ancient Greece had scattered colonies all around the Black Sea.

    Since then, it has sat at a depth that more than doubles the height of the tallest skyscraper in the world. In water that deep, oxygen is hard to come by, and because of that, so too are the organic processes that help drive decomposition. That left the ship all but undisturbed until the research team discovered it — along with dozens of other shipwrecks — during an 800 square-mile survey of the seabed."
     
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    Way cool, thanks!
     
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    Interesting story, but the Titanic is more than twice as deep and has deteriorated quite a bit in a few decades. Was this ship left undisturbed, or all but undisturbed?
     
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    As mentioned in the bit of the article that I'd quoted, "In water that deep, oxygen is hard to come by, and because of that, so too are the organic processes that help drive decomposition. " So yeah, the Titanic was deeper, but, I wonder what else was at play here...maybe the black sea is not as conducive to decomposition? I don't know
     
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    I love ancient Greek history... their navy was epic back in the day. This ship is an amazing find. It'll be interesting to see what all is discovered here. Thx for the heads up...
     
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    Titanic...steel
    2400year old boat.....wood in fresh water
    Different processes at play.

    Very cool stuff....
    Cheers
     
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    Fascinating, thanks!
     
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    Just think
    Maybe that ship was to Atlantis:lol:
     
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    Saw this this morning. A great discovery. I love the fact they took a small sample to date the shipwreck & will not disturb her remains
     
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    A lot of the damage Titanic sustained was due to her size and weight. This caused her to split and land on the sea bed with a good deal of force and caused a number of the decks to collapse.
     
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    This is moar broOtal than playing in the Marianas TRENCH!

    I expect Dethklock will answer this beckoning call.

    To add... We all knew about the Titanic via years of hype. This is new to me. Much more interesting.
     
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    Same process - oxidation of organic or inorganic material.

    Here's something:
    One of the most intriguing facts about the Black Sea is its anoxic water. Precisely, there is a significant absence of oxygen in the water. The Black Sea happens to be the largest water body with a meromictic basin, which means the movement of water between the lower and upper layers of the sea is a rare phenomenon to find anywhere in the world. This makes a considerable temperature difference between these layers along with making the lower layers absolute free of oxygen and hence, inactive.

    So, much less oxygen , less decomp.
     
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    talking about decomposition, not damage...
     
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    Way cool!!
     
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    Just think about it. 400 BC...

    It's been a long strange trip!
     
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    That is a really cool find! The "Titanic" is actually being dissolved by a newly discoverd bacteria at a rapid pace with experts believing that it will be gone in 15-20 years. Those same bacteria likely do not exist in the Black Sea.

    There is another famous ship that few know about in the Black Sea....the Admiral Popov. It remains the only round battleship every built and last I read, it is still in use on the Black Sea.
     
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    Very interesting but I didn't see any dimensions. How big is it? Seems relevant to me.
     
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