Why In-Flight Maps Show Sunken Ships

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Hey, here’s a fun fact to tell your family
around the dinner table: there are about 3 million shipwrecks in oceans all over the
world! Ok, don’t lead with that one… But hey, not only that, certain airlines show
their location on the in-flight map! Now that seems a little odd, so why would
they do it? Well, for starters… – It keeps boredom at bay. If you’ve ever flown trans-Atlantic (or
-Pacific!), you know that feeling. You’re 5 hours in, you’ve already watched
as many movies as you can stand, can’t sleep, and bored out of your mind. You try to fight the urge (because you know
it only makes the time go that much slower), but you cave in and decide to check the flight
map. Nothing but endless ocean on the screen… If you can look at some famous shipwrecks,
then at least it’s something! And while you’re entertaining yourself,
remember that… – It’s also educational. In other words, this stuff is part of history. I mean, look at the Titanic. It’s probably the most well-known shipwreck
of all time. People are STILL finding new evidence and
theories about what sank the Titan of the Sea over a century ago. As it turns out, the Titanic isn’t alone
out there since nearly a quarter of all sunken shipwrecks are in the North Atlantic Ocean. Besides the locations and names of these ships,
the year they sank is also included. The Titanic went down in 1912, a fact that
will easily be ingrained in your mind if you look at it on a screen long enough! – Simply because we have the tech to do it! While some passengers reportedly felt uneasy
seeing the location of different wrecked vessels, rather than focus on the bad, it might be
helpful to give thanks for modern technology. We no longer have to sail the high seas for
months at a time to cross the ocean. We can quickly check the progress of our flights
using a touchscreen and get a history lesson all at once! – It’s important. First of all, we should always remember these
events because they affected so many lives and likely changed the course of history! Did you know that US steel tycoon J.P. Morgan
was supposed to be on the Titanic? Him, along with famous chocolatier Milton
Hershey, radio communication inventor Guglielmo Marconi – they’re just some of the big
game changers we could’ve lost! Plus, some ships not only have historical
value but ecological importance too! If a vessel is under the water long enough
to turn into a reef, the area can become rich with biodiversity, thus warranting protection. – It’s just the start. If you’re a frequent international flyer,
then you might be thinking, “I’ve stared at plenty of in-flight maps, and I’ve never
seen any shipwrecks on there!” Yes, this practice is becoming less and less
common, probably because, despite the reasons I’ve given, passengers just don’t want
to be reminded of travel disasters – even centuries-old maritime ones! – because,
well, obviously. Well, for what it’s worth, they are moving
away from shipwrecks and planning to include more natural sights to check out! Underwater volcanos, trenches, tectonic plates
– I only see endless educational possibilities! On that note, let’s take a look at some
famous (and valuable!) shipwrecks you might have a chance to peek at from 35,000 feet
up! – The Belitung Shipwreck
Belitung Island lies in Indonesia, and a fisherman happened to stumble upon this gold mine! Crystals, sapphires, and rubies – the typical
treasures that would make anyone’s eyeballs turn into dollar signs. Not only that, this ship went down in history
for carrying the most massive gold cup ever discovered. The total value: $80 million! – SS Central America
This vessel was also known as the “Ship of Gold” and rightfully so – it carried
15 tons of the stuff! It sank near the coast of the Carolinas because
of a hurricane in 1857, but it wasn’t found until 1988. All the recovered gold was valued between
$100-150 million. And get this: 92% was given to the team that
discovered it! Congrats to Ohio’s Columbus-America Discovery
Group, and you think you guys can spot me a few bucks? – The Antikythera Treasures
The first-ever sunken ship expedition on record was found by Greek divers in 1900. It was filled with glass, pottery, and statues. But the most significant discovery was made
in 1976 when they realized the ship also carried the world’s first analog computer! Scientists are still scratching their heads
over the Antikythera machine! Its value rounds out to somewhere between
$120-160 million. – The Titanic
Many of the passengers on board the Titanic were incredibly wealthy people. The collection of gold, silver, diamonds,
and pricey artifacts it carried surpass the $300-million mark. So, what happens with these items when they’re
found? Many of them are on display in museums all
over the world, but others have been auctioned to private buyers. The most recent auctions took place in 2012
and 2015, bringing in $189 million. But it’s still not at the top of this list! – The Whydah Gally
With a value coming in at a whopping $400 million, this ship was actually captured by
a pirate! Does the name Black Sam Bellamy ring a bell? (Refresher: he was one of the richest pirates
that ever lived!) It sank in 1717 but wasn’t discovered until
1984. Precious artifacts are still being recovered,
and they include jewelry, cannons, and coins. – Nuestra Señora de Atocha
The Atocha went down off the coast of the Florida Keys in 1622. When she was discovered in 1985, she had tons
of Muzo emeralds (the best in the world), jewels, silver, and gold. Her weight didn’t help her sailing cause. It reportedly took a couple of months to load
everything onto the ship before departure. 75% of the documented $450 million value was
awarded to the person who found it! – The Salcombe Shipwreck
One of the most recent discoveries happened in 2010, and the total value is still being
assessed. Believed to have sunk between 890-1120 CE,
the ship’s historical importance far outweighs its jewels. The Salcombe is proof that trade occurred
between Britain and Europe during this time. – The Uluburun Shipwreck
And now one of the oldest shipwrecks, this one occurred off the southwestern coast of
Turkey around the 14th century BCE, but it was discovered in 1982. Divers found a variety of riches, including
jewels, silver, gold, and other trade items. These were all extracted over 10 years, and
the goods equaled 17 tons in weight! The value? Well, again, what it means for the preservation
and better understanding of history is priceless! Ok, I could go on forever, so I’ll let you
finish the list down in the comments: do you know of any other famous shipwrecks? Tell me all about them! We still wouldn’t be able to touch all the
shipwrecks out there because only 1% of them have been explored! Why is that? Well, for one, there’s a lack of time and
resources to explore most of them. And that’s a real problem since the longer
ships remain underwater, the more likely they are to deteriorate. NOAA (or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration) has checked out only 10% of the shipwrecks within the perimeter of their
14 National Marine Sanctuaries. They’re located all along the coasts of
the continental United States, Hawaii, and American Samoa. These particular spots are preserved, and
when they find ships, the group assesses how they can affect the surrounding area’s ecology. And here’s an interesting tidbit: most shipwrecks
are located near coasts at the openings of ports and harbors. It’s kind of like the statistic that “most
accidents happen within a mile of your home.” Perhaps people act more carelessly when they’re
approaching a safe harbor. Well, that and the weather can get nasty near
the coast! There’s roughly $60 billion worth of sunken
treasure all over the world. Excavating these sites brings in a ton of
historical value too. Still, about 90% of the seafloor is mostly
unexplored. That’s why the Ocean Discovery XPrize, formerly
a space exploration organization, is offering $7 million to groups that will build autonomous
underwater vehicles and make maps of the ocean floor. Hmm, looks like you and me have some deep-sea
treasure hunting to do, Bright Sider! What do you say, you in? Hey, if you learned something new today, then
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