The iceberg that sank the Titanic is thought to be 100,000 years old, according to scientists who have been tracing the origins of the colossal lump.
The staggering discovery was uncovered after researchers crosschecked data on ocean currents and witness descriptions from 1912.
Having spent time carefully tracing the iceberg, scientists now believe its originates from snow which fell 100,000 years which formed glaciers south-west of Greenland.
When the Titanic smashed into the side of the iceberg in 1912, the iceberg is thought to have measured 400 feet in length, with a mass of 1.5m tonnes.
The staggering size of the lump of ice, thought to have been 100ft above the water, may have been 1,700ft long when it first formed.
Scientists believe that the huge iceberg is likely to have drifted from the Qassimiut on the southwest coast of Greenland.
‘We have a computer model for calculating the paths of icebergs in any given year,’ said Grant Bigg, professor of earth system science at Sheffield University told The Sunday Times.
The sinking of the Titanic on its maiden voyage to New York City left 1,517 people dead on 14 April 1912.
The public reacted in complete shock to the sinking of the largest ship afloat at the time, with many people criticising the safety measures and regulations of the ship.
Icebergs are created when layers of snow form on top of each other and create an icy glacier. When part of the glacier breaks off, it forms an floating iceberg.