Restore the Titanic

Restore the Titanic

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard discovered the Titanic and wants to preserve the most famous ship in history from plunder.

Grades

9 - 12

Subjects

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography

Program
NG Live

This video was filmed on April 5, 2012 as part of the National Geographic Live! Lecture series at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Introduction

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard discovered the Titanic and wants to preserve the most famous ship in history from plunder and decay. Among the most accomplished and well known of the world's deep-sea explorers, Robert Ballard is best known for his historic discoveries of hydrothermal vents, the sunken R.M.S. Titanic, the German battleship Bismarck, and numerous other contemporary and ancient shipwrecks around the world. During his long career he has conducted more than 120 deep-sea expeditions using the latest in exploration technology, and he is a pioneer in the early use of deep-diving submarines.


Outline

  • Introduction: to appreciate or to plunder? (start-00:58 min.)

  • Developing an underwater exploration technique (00:59-3:30 min.)

  • Finding the Titanic on a secret Navy mission (3:31-8:43 min.)

  • Returning to explore the wreck (8:44-10:19 min.)

  • Revealing damages to the ship (10:20-12:58 min.)

  • The future of the Titanic: an underwater museum (12:59-13:45 min.)

  • More debris fields: discovering ancient shipwrecks in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas (13:46-17:00 min.)

  • Remembering the Titanic: a museum in Belfast, Ireland (17:01-20:29 min.)

 

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Last Updated

September 27, 2022

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