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Titanic - Echo?
When one of the rescue boats row back to the people floating in the water, one of them yells "Is there anybody out there?" followed by an echo of that.
There shouldn't be an echo, because they're out in the middle of the ocean and there's nothing for the sound to bounce off.
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PeaceDog on 08-12-1999
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grabthroatshinkicker writes:
The echo, as far as I remember, I think it was in Rose's head. She was stunned and messed up from shock and the ice-cold water. She was hearing a little distortion and vibration in everything.
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writes:
Actually, this was showing how Rose was hearing the men calling out to see if anyone was still alive.
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droodles writes:
Of course there is an Echo. They are surrounded by huge Iceburgs that sank the ship. The sound bounced off them.
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shawn writes:
Echos do not bounce off water GENIUS!! It has to be around you not just below you. If echos bounce off water then they must also bounce off dry land and if that is so then an echo can occur at anytime anywhere cuz you have to be on land or water. Unless of course you're floating in mid air.
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Foxie 666 writes:
Of course it was for effect. its the effect of what Rose hears. when you see the men in slow motion you dont think 'hold on, thats a slip up, they put it in slow motion' I agree with the person with no name.
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Jussac writes:
Foxie, I agree with you. The echo was just for the effect of what you would hear after having your head under freezing water!
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CBMatt writes:
Nateda, If you would have bothered to pay attention in 4th grade, you would know that sound DOESN'T bounce off of all objects. Many objects absorb sound. That's why you don't hear echoes in your house full of furniture (if you have furniture).
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Jay-C writes:
It bounced off of the water, genius.
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Denpeck writes:
alex, the carpatia was the ship that rescued them. the ship only a few miles away WAS the calafornian
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Joe writes:
I think the echo was probably just for effect.
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Ohiogrl writes:
I think that it was done for effect. it might have been able to bounce of the icebergs. Also the ship that was closest was the Californian. Their telegraph person had already gone to sleep and didn't get the help signal therefore not being able to help them.
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RonJLow writes:
AAAAAGH! Sound bounces off water. BUT, to hear a distinct echo, the sound has to strike a lot of stuff all roughly same distance from the source. The water could NOT be responsible for a discernible echo because it is an infinite set of distances from the sound source. The walls of huge icebergs would give a nice echo, but were they near? I thought the ship kept drifting in the same direction for some time after the impact. It takes forever to start up a ship from a dead stop, and almost as long to stop one.
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SingingSunshine writes:
Alex...before you jump all over people, get your history straight. The Californian was very close to the Titanic, that's the irony in it all. The Carpathia had to come in from their set course to rescue the survivors.
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Liss writes:
First of all no ship was close enough for an echo!! That shouldn't even be a factor in this. The SUPPOSED position of the Californian was still too far away to have anything to do with the echo. And pay attention to the word supposed, its never been proven that the Californian was as close to the Titanic as some of you people are suggesting!!! Its a hypothetical position you people are talking about. And there wasnt an echo!!!! Like other people said it was Rose hearing them and it was just for effects!
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NatedaGreat writes:
Shawn, you obviously havent been to 4th grade yet to learn that sound bounces off ALL objects, ESPECIALLY water. The sound doesnt have to bounce off of dry land, just another object that will send the sound waves back to the source of the noise. Tsk, Tsk, Tsk, Im a kid and I know more than you [not to be mean]:)
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Migel writes:
Maybe bouncing off of other ships and icebergs?
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Ozma3412 writes:
Yeah, the water/ iceburg explanation is definetly far-fetched, i'm goin with ^ on that it was meant for effects.
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Locust writes:
I know that the ship stopped after it hit, but I believe the ice was moving. It was found a few days later nearer to Europe with paint from the Titanic on it. The echo was probably just for affect because when out on the ocean and yell it doesn't echo like that.
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bmxmongoose15 writes:
I agree with both, it was Rose's head echoing. But to clarify it, sound can echo over the water.
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Fish writes:
The Titanic was in the middle of a huge icefield, so there would have been hundreds of small and large icebergs (wich could have been the equivelent of an 11 story high building)so there would have been plenty of things for sound to echo off of.
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rebek frog writes:
Since that scene was filmed on a soundstage, I don't think the filmmakers would want unwanted echos on a soundstage.
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Alex writes:
freak 992, it wasn't the californian that was there, it was the carpathia, and it wasn't just a FEW miles, and also it would be impossible for the sound of people screaming to make it all the way out to that ship and back in a manner of seconds for the people to hear it as an echo
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Anne writes:
The sound could have bounced off boats, ice bergs, other life boats, maybe even the water. But since this part of the film was cast in a tank in an enclosed area, that is what probably made the echo so obvious to pick up on.
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freak992 writes:
A ship, The Californian, was also only several miles away, so in addition to the icebergs, the Californian could have had an effect on the echo.
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