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Robert Ballard, Discoverer of the Wreck of the Titanic



Robert Ballard, Discoverer of the Wreck of the Titanic
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.86

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     challenging words:    real-time, earth-orbiting, unsinkable, robotic, optic, fascination, pinpoint, stereo, extremely, finding, wreckage, knowledge, sunken, technology, remote, sonar
     content words:    North Atlantic, North Atlantic Ocean, Robert Ballard, German Battleship Bismarck, World War II, Aegean Sea, Jason Project


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Robert Ballard, Discoverer of the Wreck of the Titanic
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Ever since the day when the Titanic sank in the icy water of the North Atlantic, people have been interested in finding the wreck of that famous ship. There were lots of stories about the Titanic, and people wanted to know what was really true. Did the Titanic really split in half, as one survivor claimed? What caused the ship, that was built to be unsinkable, to sink?
 
2     Many adventurers have tried to be the one to discover the wreck, but for a long time no one was successful. The Titanic was not easy to find -- for several reasons. First of all, no one could pinpoint exactly where it had sunk. Second, the North Atlantic Ocean is especially deep, over 12,000 feet, and at those depths there is no light. It is also extremely cold in the deep ocean. So, for a long time, the exact location of the wreck of the Titanic remained a mystery.
 
3     That all changed once Robert Ballard took on the challenge of finding the Titanic. Mr. Ballard had done his homework. He had learned about all of the problems that explorers before him had encountered. Then he found out about all of the latest technology that could help him get the job done right.

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