In case this doesn't work, the basic jist is that the Titanic is disintegrating faster than they had predicted. And, sadly, the lookout from which someone yelled, "Iceberg, straight ahead," has disappeared completely.
Tell me, please (someone who knows), is that lookout the famous one? You know, the one replicated in the movie where the teen idol yelled, "I'm the king of the world!"?
Oops! The article says it is the crow's nest that is gone.
I just don't understand why my link isn't working.
Apparently the URL I provided is not working. If you want to see the article, go to http://www.yahoo.com/ and then go to their news area and enter the title of the article: "Nature, Visitors Taking Toll on Titanic"
Tom said: "But why does anybody care how long the wreck of RMS Titanic remains ship-shaped?"
I think the press is exaggerating the situation, trying to make it look like tourists and salvagers are hastening the deterioration of the wreck. The version of this article that was in the NY Times (August 9, 2003 By WILLIAM J. BROAD) was titled "Scientists Warn That Visitors Are Loving Titanic to Death."
You know the press, they need to make a story interesting, regardless of the facts!
> > The article on Yahoo! says that the way tourists are hurting Titanic is that they are stirring up a lot of setiment when they go down there. Also, supposedly the fish population is down, and these fish used to eat the banicles, or something. The article also said that all the plaques that are left down there are not good for Titanic, though I think they may've just meant that on a cosmetic level: it doesn't look good to have all those plaques down there.
>>this article was not written by Yahoo buy the Associated Press. <<
The same concerns apply however. Just because the Associated Press...or any other media outlet... sez it, doesn't mean it's so. In point of fact, the fact that these people often don't have a clue what their talking about has been at the core of every arguement offered against it.
I quite agree that this is just a case of media outlets -- AP and CNN most notably -- sensationalizing a story. It's news to nobody that Titanic is one day going to crumble away. They have to tweak the news and find an angle that sells. In this case, they would have you believe that the very sub visits that give us pictures of the wreck are destroying it. It's ridiculous. There is no proof of this at all.