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The images were created using sonar and released in National Geographic magazine's April 2012 edition.

The images were created using sonar and released in National Geographic magazine's April 2012 edition.

Titanic's lifeboats were hoisted overboard by davits, or small cranes. Most were ranked off the deck by flailing funnel cables. These two were entangled by ropes left dangling after a boat was launched

Titanic's lifeboats were hoisted overboard by davits, or small cranes. Most were ranked off the deck by flailing funnel cables. These two were entangled by ropes left dangling after a boat was launched

Two of Titanic’s engines lie exposed in a gaping cross section of the stern. Draped in “rusticles”—orange stalactites created by iron-eating bacteria—these massive structures, four stories tall, once powered the largest moving man-made object on Earth.

Two of Titanic’s engines lie exposed in a gaping cross section of the stern. Draped in “rusticles”—orange stalactites created by iron-eating bacteria—these massive structures, four stories tall, once powered the largest moving man-made object on Earth.

Ethereal views of Titanic's bow (modeled) offer a comprehensiveness of detail never seen before.

Ethereal views of Titanic's bow (modeled) offer a comprehensiveness of detail never seen before.

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The images were created using sonar and released in National Geographic magazine's April 2012 edition.

STUNNING new images of the Titanic show how the sunken ship looks today resting 12,500ft down on the sea floor.

The images were created using sonar and released in National Geographic magazine's April 2012 edition, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the tragedy next month.



Unlike previous dim and dark pictures of sections of the ship the latest photographs are clear and reveal the full extent of the wreckage.



They also show a five-mile by three-mile field of debris including bits of hull and staircases around the stern. The seabed nearby is pitted with craters made by boulders sinking from melting icebergs.



More than 1,500 people lost their lives when the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in 1912.



It took scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts months to produce the latest images.



Bill Lange of WHOI said: "Now we know where everything is. After a hundred years, the lights are finally on." The multi-million dollar project saw three robots sent down to the Titanic, and they moved the length of the ship capturing thousands of images with optical cameras and sonar devices.



The expedition's chief scientist James Selgado told National Geographic: "This is a game-changer. In the past, trying to understand Titanic was like trying to understand Manhattan at midnight in a rainstorm, with a flashlight.



"Now we have a site that can be understood and measured, with definite things to tell us. In years to come this historic map may give voice to those people who were silenced, seemingly forever, when the cold water closed over them."

Telegraph.co.uk