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  • Titanic: a special exhibit from Encyclopaedia Britannica

The site is a slide show exhibit of the luxury passenger liner, Titanic, lost on its maiden voyage in 1912. Annotated slides include images of the Titanic under construction in Belfast, poor Irish emigrants waiting to board the ship, facsimiles, close-ups of construction details, the ship's lifeboats, the lavish fittings of the first class staterooms, parlour suites, lounge and dining rooms. Photographs of passengers, and profiles of some first class passengers such as Astor and Strauss, make the site an interesting visual resource for the study of rich and poor in European society in the Modern History Stage 6 Core Study: The world at the beginning of the twentieth century. Underwater images of the wreck and some scientific images dramatically illustrate the effect of the sea for students of the Chemistry Option: Shipwrecks, corrosion and conservation.

  • In Pictures: Inside the Chernobyl nuclear power plant

A slide-show of images from inside the nuclear power plant at Chernobyl. A thirty kilometre exclusion zone still applies at the site so these images are unique and rarely seen.

Tracking the Oil Spill in the Gulf

Tracking the Oil Spill in the Gulf

Tracking the Oil Spill in the Gulf
The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 was the largest accidental release of oil into marine waters, according to flow estimates announced by a federal panel of scientists, called the Flow Rate Technical Group. The panel said that about 4.9 million barrels of oil have come out of the well, with about 800,000 barrels, or 17 percent, captured by BP’s containment efforts. The map on this link shows the “estimated extent” of the oil slick, devised by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and shows where oil travelled based on wind and ocean current forecasts, as well as analysis of aerial photography and satellite imagery.

This page from Greenpeace details the events of 2 December 1984 when 40 tonnes of lethal gases leaked from Union Carbide Corporation's pesticide factory in Bhopal, India: twenty thousand people died. It provides facts of the disaster as well as an analysis of the on-going affects and legal implications of the poison release.

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