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In 1993 Ballard investigated the wreck of {{RMS|Lusitania}} off the Irish coast. The ship was struck by one torpedo, whose explosion was followed by a second, much larger one. The wreck had been depth charged by the Royal Navy several years after the sinking, so it was difficult for Ballard to a do a forensic analysis. He determined the boilers were intact, and speculated the second explosion may have been caused by coal dust. Others have questioned this hypothesis. Ballard has not ruled out the possibility of cold seawater contacting superheated water in the ship's steam generation plant.
 
In 1993 Ballard investigated the wreck of {{RMS|Lusitania}} off the Irish coast. The ship was struck by one torpedo, whose explosion was followed by a second, much larger one. The wreck had been depth charged by the Royal Navy several years after the sinking, so it was difficult for Ballard to a do a forensic analysis. He determined the boilers were intact, and speculated the second explosion may have been caused by coal dust. Others have questioned this hypothesis. Ballard has not ruled out the possibility of cold seawater contacting superheated water in the ship's steam generation plant.
   
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==Awards and honors==
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*In 1988, he was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Science) by the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Bath University of Bath].<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-11" style="line-height:1em;font-weight:normal;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Ballard#cite_note-11 [12]]</sup>
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*In 1990, he received the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_of_Achievement Academy of Achievement's Golden Plate Award].
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilby_International_Awards Kilby International Awards] recipient in 1994<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-12" style="line-height:1em;font-weight:normal;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Ballard#cite_note-12 [13]]</sup>
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*The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caird_Medal Caird Medal] of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Maritime_Museum National Maritime Museum] in 2002.
 
==Quotations==
 
==Quotations==
 
*"If you want to know the truth, it's too late. All the ice is going to melt. There is a lag, it's already in the system. And, in fact, people don't want to say that, because they still want people to change their ways. But when it comes to glaciers and polar regions, it's going to melt".<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-Warming_14-0" style="line-height:1em;font-weight:normal;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Ballard#cite_note-Warming-14 [15]]</sup>
 
*"If you want to know the truth, it's too late. All the ice is going to melt. There is a lag, it's already in the system. And, in fact, people don't want to say that, because they still want people to change their ways. But when it comes to glaciers and polar regions, it's going to melt".<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-Warming_14-0" style="line-height:1em;font-weight:normal;">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Ballard#cite_note-Warming-14 [15]]</sup>
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