Titanic: What Really Happened - Exclusive New Photos of the Wreck
The April 2012 issue of the National Geographic returns to the story of the most infamous ship ever built -- the Titanic of the White Star Line. This edition focuses on the crash scene and recreates the events on 14-15 April 1912 thanks to new technology.
On the Cover
To create this image of the splitting of the Titanic's bow and stern, our artist drew upon a roundtable discussion among experts. Art by Nick Kaloterakis
National Geographic Magazine - April 2012
The Unseen Titanic. When the "Unsinkable" R.M.S. Titanic sank at 2:20 a.m. 15 April 1912 along with 1,500 passengers and crew members, new technology offers intimate images of this famous vessel of the White Star Line.
VOL. 221 • NO. 4 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
April 2012 Contents
- Climb of Her Life
Her husband turned back. Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner plunged ahead in a risky effort to conquer K2.
By Chip Brown Photographs by Tommy Heinrich
- Masks That Make Magic
In Africa and its diaspora a mask can turn you into a god—or send a message to the pooh-bahs.
By Cathy Newman Photographs by Phyllis Galembo
- The Titanic, Illuminated
One hundred years after the ship sent its SOS: "Now we know where everything is."
By Hampton Sides
Poster: How It Sank and Where It Rests
- Walking With Ghosts
With the aid of robotic avatars, the filmmaker has spent nearly 500 hours exploring the Titanic.
By James Cameron
- Flocking Flamingos
They really do stick together—and that may increase their odds of survival in a perilous world.
By Nancy Shute Photographs by Klaus Nigge
- Where Slaves Ruled
In Brazil they escaped plantations, created secret societies, and today fight for legal rights.
By Charles C. Mann and Susanna Hecht
Photographs by Tyrone Turner
- Editor's Note
- National Geographic on TV
- Explorers Journal
- Your Shot
- The Better to Hear With -
Copper loops help hearing aid users screen out the background noise.
- It's a Grand New Flag -
Libya has revived its pre-Qaddafi banner, putting a spotlight on flag design.
- Bubbling Up
A sea snail has an unusual way of sailing to the top of the water.
- Breaking the Ice
Long-separated bowhead whales get together as the Arctic melts.
- Gemstone DNA
New science can help determine if a gem was mined in a war zone.
- Shade Shifters
In 700 milliseconds a squid can change skin color and pattern.
- Multigun Salute
The Prez gets 21. Who gets 17? 11?
- 80 Billion Photos a Year -
Camera phones help drive an increase in consumer photography.
- NG Connect
- The Moment
- Here are the coolest extras in our electronic editions.
Tapping Into the Titanic
• Spin our exclusive model of the wreck.
• Watch how the ship broke up after it hit the iceberg.
• Tap on a map of the debris field for more info. iPad Exclusive
• See Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner at the summit of K2.
• Explore a 3-D animation of the "Savage Mountain."