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Bermuda Triangle: Mystery Museum on earth

 Md. Rokanozzaman daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 06:57 PM, 25 August 2019   Updated: 07:06 PM, 25 August 2019

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The Bermuda Triangle, sometimes also referred as the Devil's Triangle or Hurricane Alley, is a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean bordered by a line from Florida to the islands of Bermuda, to Puerto Rico and then back to Florida. It has been presumed as the cause of dozens and dozens of mind-boggling disappearances of ships and planes under mysterious circumstances with no trace of them ever being found.

As far as we know, 75 planes and hundreds of ships met their demise in the Bermuda Triangle. Possible causes for the catastrophes have been proposed over time, ranging from the paranormal, electromagnetic interference that causes compass problems, bad weather, the Gulf Stream, and large undersea fields of methane. Over the years, a mythology has built up around these events, which have been attributed to almost every pseudoscientific phenomenon imaginable. In most cases, the Devil’s Triangle is synonymous with the Bermuda Triangle. It is one of the biggest mysteries of our time. Many of modern analysts dismiss the idea that there is any mystery.

Origin and History of Concept of Bermuda Triangle:

 

The area referred to as the Bermuda Triangle, or Devil’s Triangle, covers about 500,000 square miles of ocean off the southeastern tip of Florida. When Christopher Columbus sailed through the area on his first voyage to the New World, he reported that a great flame of fire (probably a meteor) crashed into the sea one night and that a strange light appeared in the distance a few weeks later. He also wrote about erratic compass readings, perhaps because at that time a sliver of the Bermuda Triangle was one of the few places on Earth where true north and magnetic north lined up.

After gaining widespread fame as the first person to sail solo around the globe, Joshua Slocum disappeared on a 1909 voyage from Martha’s Vineyard to South America. Though it’s unclear exactly what happened, many sources later attributed his death to the Bermuda Triangle.

William Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest,” which some scholars claim was based on a real-life Bermuda shipwreck, may have enhanced the area’s aura of mystery. Nonetheless, reports of unexplained disappearances did not really capture the public’s attention until the 20th century.

The earliest suggestion of unusual disappearances in the Bermuda area appeared in a September 17, 1950, article published in The Miami Herald (Associated Press) by Edward Van Winkle Jones. Two years later, in 1952, Fate magazine published "Sea Mystery at Our Back Door", a short article by George Sand. Sand's article was the first to lay out the now-familiar triangular area where the losses took place.

The term "Bermuda Triangle" was first used in an article written by Vincent H. Gaddis for Argosy magazine in 1964. In the article, Gaddis claimed that in this strange sea a number of ships and planes had disappeared without explanation. Gaddis wasn't the first one to come to this conclusion, either.

 

What Special about the concept

Meteorologist Randy Cerveny added: “The satellite imagery is really bizarre… These types of hexagonal shapes over the ocean are in essence air bombs. They are formed by what are called microbursts and they're blasts of air that come down out of the bottom of a cloud and then hit the ocean and then create waves that can sometimes be massive in size as they start to interact with each other."

Anything caught inside one of these air bombs could be very well knocked out of the air, flipped over, sunk. More observation is needed to confirm this theory that could finally explain many of the infamous Bermuda Triangle events. Scientists are pouring over satellite imagery to confirm.

A fascinating theory has been proposed by meteorologists claiming that the reason for the mysteries pervading the Bermuda Triangle area are unusual hexagonal clouds creating 170 mph air bombs full of wind. These air pockets cause all the mischief, sinking ships and downing planes.

By studying imagery from a NASA satellite, the scientists concluded that some of these clouds reach 20 to 55 miles across. Waves inside these wind monsters can reach as high as 45 feet. What's more - the clouds have straight edges.

As told by Colorado State University's satellite meteorologist Dr. Steve Miller to Science Channel's “What on Earth": “You don't typically see straight edges with clouds. Most of the time, clouds are random in their distribution."

Popularity

As early as 1950, people began to notice an unusually high frequency of tragedy in the area of the Bermuda Triangle. In 1952, George X Sands wrote an article in Fate magazine about the phenomenon. Allan W. Eckert wrote an American Legion article in 1962 focusing on Flight 19. Generally, these early accounts merely recount the disappearances without positing supernatural explanations.

In 1964, Vincent Gaddis wrote an article in Argosy which attached unspecified paranormal causes to the disappearances. Gaddis is generally credited with coining the phrase "Bermuda Triangle," later expanding upon his arguments in the book Invisible Horizons. Gaddis also added older mysteries, like the USS Cyclops and Carroll A. Deering, to the legend alongside the more recent incidents recounted by Sands and Eckert.

In 1969, the book Limbo of the Lost by John Wallace Spencer led to Richard Winer's documentary The Devil’s Triangle. Spencer explicitly theorized that space aliens were responsible for disappearing planes, ships and people. In contrast, Winer's spinoff book, The Devil's Triangle followed earlier accounts by presenting the Triangle as a mystery without explanation.

In 1974, Charles Berlitz published The Bermuda Triangle, which recounted the long history of shipping losses in the area, and examined particularly the events of Flight 19, drawing heavily on Eckert's earlier article. While the essential details were correct, Berlitz dramatized the disappearance significantly with speculative dialogue from the pilots. While Berlitz's book presented little new information, he crystalized previous accounts into a more coherent narrative than previous authors.

The Bermuda Triangle became a bestseller, and many people began to speculate on the reason for the high frequency of mysterious disappearances. Speculations in the popular media have included extraterrestrial alien abductions, space-time anomalies, advanced civilizations from Atlantis, and other supernatural causes.

Writings on the Bermuda Triangle, including Berlitz's bestseller, often also commented on other areas of alleged disappearances, such as the "Devil's Sea" around the Izu Islands in Japan. In a 1972 article, paranormalist Ivan Sanderson introduced the idea of twelve "Vile Vortices “Wikipedia’s W.svg around the world in which mysterious disappearances take place, connected on the same patterns of latitude within the north and south hemispheres. Others have linked the Vortices to other paranormal geographical theories such as ley lines.

Iterations of the Vile Vortices vary slightly, but generally include the Bermuda Triangle, the Devil's Sea, Hawaii, Easter Island, both poles, other areas of the ocean and a few areas on land such as the Indus Valley in Pakistan and megaliths south of Timbuktu in Mali.

 

Mysterious occurrences

The mysterious nature of the Bermuda Triangle, if it exists, manifests itself as an unusually high rate of disappearances of aircraft and marine vessels in the area. Among the more highly publicized events are:

A pair of Avro Tudor IV passenger aircraft; the Star Tiger was lost on January 30, 1948, the Star Ariel on January 17, 1949

The disappearance of the SS Marine Sulphur Queen on February 4, 1963

The paranormal experience of airplane pilot Chuck Wakely in 1964

The disappearance of expert yachtsman Donald Crowhurst on June 29, 1969

Occasionally the Mary Celeste is lumped in with other Bermuda Triangle mysteries, even though its crew disappeared when it was on the other side of the ocean.

Aircraft incidents

1945: July 10, Thomas Arthur Garner, AMM3, USN, along with eleven other crew members, was lost at sea in a US Navy PBM3S patrol seaplane in the Bermuda Triangle. An extensive ten-day surface and air search, including a carrier sweep, found nothing.

1945: December 5, Flight 19 (five TBF Avengers) lost with 14 airmen, and later the same day PBM Mariner BuNo 59225 lost with 13 airmen while searching for Flight 19.

1947: July 3, According to the Bermuda Triangle Legend a B-29 Super fortress was lost off Bermuda. On November 16, 1949, a B-29 was lost in the Atlantic; 2 crewmen were missing but on November 19, 1949, 18 survivors were rescued 385 miles northeast of Bermuda.

1948: January 30, Avro Tudor G-AHNP Star Tiger lost with six crew and 27 passengers.

1948: December 28, Douglas DC-3 NC16002 lost with three crew and 36 passengers.

1949: January 17, Avro Tudor G-AGRE Star Ariel lost with seven crew and 13 passengers, en route from Kindley Field, Bermuda, to Kingston Airport, Jamaica.

1956: November 9, Martin Marlin lost ten crewmen taking off from Bermuda.

1962: January 8, A USAF KB-50 51-0465 was lost.

1965: June 9, A USAF C-119 Flying Boxcar of the 440th Troop Carrier Wing was missing.

1965: December 6, Private ERCoupe F01 lost with pilot and one passenger.

2005: June 20, A Piper-PA-23 disappeared with three people on board.

2007: April 10, A Piper PA-46-310P disappeared. Two fatalities were listed in this

2017: February 23, The Turkish Airlines flight TK183 (an Airbus A330-200) was forced to change its direction from Havana.

2017: May 15, a private MU-2B aircraft was lost

 

Incidents at sea

1492: On the night of October 11, Christopher Columbus and the crew of Santa Maria reported a sighting of unknown light, just days before the landing at Guanahani.

1800: USS Pickering, on course from Guadeloupe to Delaware, lost with 90 people on board.

1814: USS Wasp, last known position was the Caribbean, lost with 140 people on board.

1824: USS Wild Cat, on course from Cuba to Tompkins Island, lost with 14 people on board.

1881: According to legend a sailing ship the Ellen Austin found a derelict vessel and placed a crew to sail the vessel to port.

1918: USS Cyclops, collier, left Barbados on March 4, lost with all 306 crew and passengers.

1921: January 31, Carroll A. Deering, five-masted schooner, Captain W. B. Wormell, found aground and abandoned at Diamond Shoals.

1925: 31 December, SS Cotopaxi, having departed Charleston, South Carolina two days earlier bound for Havana.

1941: USS Proteus (AC-9), lost with all 58 persons on board in heavy seas.

1958: Revonoc. A 43-foot racing yawl was lost with owner Harvey Conover and four others lost in a hurricane. The only trace found was the Revonoc 14-foot skiff near Jupiter Florida.

1963: SS Marine Sulphur Queen, lost with 39 crewmen, having departed Beaumont, Texas, on 2 February with a cargo of 15,260 tons of sulfur.

2015: In late July 2015, two 14-year-old boys, Austin Stephanos, and Perry Cohen went on a fishing trip in their 19-foot boat. They disappeared. Although the boat was found one year later, but the boys didn’t come back.

2015: SS El Faro, with a crew of 33 aboard, sank off of the coast of the Bahamas within the triangle on October 1, 2015. Search crews identified the vessel 15,000 feet below the surface.

Rational discussion of some incidents:

1. The U.S.S. Cyclops, 1918

In the spring of 1918, the U.S.S. Cyclops — a 540-foot- (164-meter-) long naval vessel outfitted with 50-caliber guns — took on a load of 10,000 tons (9,072 metric tons) of manganese ore in Brazil, and then sailed north to Barbados, where it was resupplied for its nine-day voyage to Baltimore harbor. But after leaving Barbados, the ship and its 309 men were never seen nor heard from again. Navy cruisers searched the ocean, but saw no sign of the ship, not even an oil slick, and the Navy eventually declared the crew lost at sea. It was the greatest loss of life in a non-combat situation in U.S. Naval history.

While the ship's fate has never been officially resolved, Marvin Barrash, a researcher who is a descendant of one of the lost crewmembers told the Washington Post that he believes a combination of events — a ship unbalanced by a very heavy load, engine breakdowns, and a big wave that struck the vessel — sent it to the bottom of the Puerto Rico Trench. This trench is the deepest part of the Atlantic, which would explain why the ship never has been found [source: Prudente].

 

2. U.S. Navy Avengers Flight 19, 1945

The most famous event associated with the Bermuda Triangle was the ill-fated “Flight 19,” a training mission of US Navy bombers on December 5, 1945. The planes and their 14 crewmen never returned, and no wreckage has ever been located.

It is believed that the commander of the flight misidentified a group of islands, causing him to erroneously believe that he was over the Florida Keys, rather than well out into the Atlantic Ocean. Compounding this error, he assumed that the aircraft instrumentation was faulty, and continued heading out to sea. As the planes continued to stray, radio contact was eventually lost, and the planes likely ran out of fuel. The weather also turned bad, and darkness fell.

In the following days, one of the search planes suffered a fatal fuel-tank explosion en-route to the search area.

The Navy originally reported that the squadron was lost due to pilot error, but following protests from the commander’s family, this was changed to “causes unknown.” The secondary tragedy of the search plane was reported as if “it too never returned,” creating a sense of profound mystery where there was none.

Five Avenger torpedo bombers took off from the U.S. Naval Air Station in Fort Lauderdale in the afternoon on Dec. 5, 1945. It was a routine exercise, in which they were to fly 150 miles (241 kilometers) due east, then north for 40 miles (64 kilometers), and then return to the base. All five pilots have experienced aviators, and the planes had been checked out mechanically prior to takeoff. Nevertheless, an hour and 45 minutes after takeoff, the Fort Lauderdale tower got a call from the flight leader, Charles Taylor, who sounded confused and said that he couldn't see land. "We cannot be sure of where we are," he explained. Radio contact was lost until 10 minutes later, when other crew members' voices could be heard, sounding similarly disoriented. Twenty minutes after that, another pilot came on again. "It looks like we are entering white water...we're completely lost," he said. After that, there was only silence. Within minutes, a Mariner seaplane and a 13-man crew were sent out to the Avengers' last-known position — only to vanish as well. For five days, the Navy searched for the lost aircraft, covering almost 250,000 square miles (647,497 square kilometers) of the Atlantic, and found no trace of them [source: McDonnell].

This account conveniently leaves out some details that would explain why Flight 19 went down. Four of the pilots were actually students who were flying to get experience. The instructor, Taylor, for some unknown reason, had asked to be relieved of his duties before takeoff, but the request was denied. Taylor also radioed that the compasses had failed. But in reality, he likely was not trusting them as he thought he was over the Florida Keys when he was actually over the Bahamas — the opposite direction. This was actually the third flight where Taylor had gotten lost. Naval experts believe the plane ran out of fuel and crashed. As for the search plane, the Mariner, a search ship saw it explode in the sky. The sea was so rough that day, no trace of it was found [sources: McDonnell, Kusche].

 

3. DC-3 Flight NC-16002, 1948

On December 28, 1948, a DC-3 passenger plane, considered to be one of the most reliable aircraft ever built, was flying on a route from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami. The weather was good, and when the plane was 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Miami, the aircraft's pilot, Captain Robert E. Linquist, contacted an air traffic control center in New Orleans to give his coordinates. This was strange as he should have been radioing Miami. That communication was the last that anyone heard from the aircraft, which had three crew members and 29 passengers aboard.

When the plane didn't arrive in Miami, the U.S. Coast Guard began a search, and was joined by the U.S. Navy, the Air Force, and other searchers. A Civil Aeronautics Board investigation later found that the aircraft's batteries were not properly charged, and that it was possible that an electrical system failure rendered the aircraft's radio and automatic compass inoperative. (The pilot could transmit messages but not receive them.) It's likely that Linquist was mistaken about his location. In addition, he might not have known about an unexpected change in the wind, which could have taken the plane off course. With only an hour and 20 minutes' worth of fuel left, "an error in location would be critical," the board's report noted [source: CAB].

4. The S.S. Marine Sulphur Queen, 1963

On Feb. 2, 1963, the S.S. Marine Sulphur Queen, a 19-year-old, 7,200-ton (6,532 metric tons) oil tanker was bound for Norfolk, Virginia from Beaumont, Texas carrying 15,000 tons of molten sulfur in heated tanks. But it never reached its destination. Unlike some of the other vanished craft in the Bermuda Triangle, though the ship was never found, debris was recovered, including pieces of a raft, a life vest, and a broken oar.

The ship was in poor repair and had suffered reoccurring fires around its sulfur tanks. (Once it put out to sea while still burning.) The cooled sulfur emissions from those blazes had hardened and caked the ship's pumps, corroded electrical equipment, and even shorted out the ship's generator. Time magazine noted that the mystery was not that the ship had disappeared, but "how it had managed to put to sea in the first place."

4. Milwaukee's 440th Airlift Wing, Plane 680, 1965

On a clear night in 1965, a seasoned flying crew from the Air Force Reserve Command's 440th Airlift Wing flew from Milwaukee in a C-119 Flying Boxcar on their way to Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands, south of the Bahamas. They landed as scheduled at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida at 5:04 p.m. and spent two hours and 43 minutes on the ground. Then they took off at 7:47 p.m. and headed toward Grand Turk, but never reached their destination.

There was no indication of trouble and all radio communication was routine. When they didn't land, radio traffic controllers started calling Plane 680 but didn't receive a response. Only a few scraps of debris were found, and those could have been tossed out of the cargo plane. Among those on board was an expert maintenance crew, so if there was a mechanical problem on the flight, there were plenty of people to take care of it. The investigation report at the time surmised, once again, that the plane had run out of fuel [source: Jones].

 

Why ships and planes seem to go missing in the region:

Many bizarre theories have been put forth as to why there have been so many disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle. One is that alien abductions are to blame. Charles Berlitz wrote of "suggestions of inter-dimensional changeover through a passageway equivalent to a 'hole in the sky' (which aircraft can enter but not leave), [while] others believe the disappearances are engineered by entities from inner or outer space."

Others think that the Bermuda Triangle area is home to the lost city of Atlantis and remnants of its advanced technologies. Psychic Edgar Cayce said that Bimini was one of the mountaintops of ancient Atlantis and that Atlantis had some special crystals that radiated so much energy they could cause navigational equipment on ships and planes to malfunction [source: Bermuda Attractions].

The vicinity of the Bermuda Triangle is amongst the most heavily traveled shipping lanes in the world, with ships frequently crossing through it for ports in the Americas, Europe, and the Caribbean islands. Cruise ships and pleasure craft regularly sail through the region, and commercial and private aircraft routinely fly over it.

Popular culture has attributed various disappearances to the paranormal or activity by extraterrestrial beings. But we don't need to go with supernatural reasons to explain the incidents in the Bermuda Triangle. The area is one of the most highly trafficked for amateur pilots and sailors, and more traffic leads to more accidents and disappearances. Here are some other explanations:

1. Compass Malfunctions

In almost every account of the mystery surrounding the Bermuda Triangle, you'll see reference to the fact that it is one of only two places on Earth (the other being the Devil's Sea off the coast of Japan) where a compass points to true north rather than magnetic north. Theorists say that this causes compasses to malfunction and ships and planes to get off-course [source: Mayell].

A compass works because its magnetic needle is attracted by the magnetism of Earth, which draws it to point to the constantly shifting Magnetic North pole. The Geographic North pole, on the other hand, is static and is located 1,200 miles (1,931 kilometers) north of the Magnetic pole. The variation between the two readings is known as magnetic declination (or compass variation), which can change as you move across the globe [sources: Government of Canada, USGS].

Navigators must always compensate for magnetic declination when charting their courses. While the agonic line once passed through the Bermuda Triangle, it now falls within the Gulf of Mexico, rendering claims that it can contribute to disappearances in the Triangle inaccurate. Calculation errors anywhere could cause a plane or ship to go off-course. The compass malfunction theory assumes that experienced pilots and captains passing through the area were unaware of magnetic declination, which is unlikely. Not to mention that the vast majority of boaters and fliers pass through this area without incident [source: Britannica]

2. Weather Patterns

The Bermuda Triangle is an area where the weather can be treacherous. Most Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes pass through the area, and the Gulf Stream can cause quick, sometimes violent weather shifts. In the days before the development of modern weather forecasting, it's not hard to imagine ships being caught off guard [source: NOAA]. Waterspouts that could easily destroy a passing plane or ship are also not uncommon. A waterspout is simply a tornado at sea that pulls water from the ocean surface. Some are accompanied by winds of 125 miles (200 kilometers) an hour [source: NASA].

The Gulf Stream, which travels along the western edge of the Triangle, is extremely swift and turbulent. It can pose extreme navigational challenges, especially for inexperienced sailors. The Gulf Stream has been reported to move faster than 4-5 knots per hour (around 7-9 kph) in some areas — that's 300 times faster than the Amazon River. This is more than enough to throw sailors hundreds of miles off course if they don't compensate correctly for the current. It can also quickly erase any evidence of a disaster [source: Mayell].

3. Topography and Seismic Effects

The many islands in the Caribbean create lots of areas of shallow water, which can be treacherous to ships [source: NOAA]. But at the same time, some of the deepest trenches in the world are found in the area of the Bermuda Triangle, including the Puerto Rico Trench, which goes down to 27,500 feet (8,229 meters) below sea level. Ships or planes that sink into these deep trenches will probably never be found [source: Mayell].

Other possible environmental effects include underwater earthquakes, as scientists have found a great deal of seismic activity in the area. Back in 1817, a 7.4 earthquake at the northern end of the Triangle caused a tsunami that violently tossed ships as far north as the Delaware River south of Philadelphia [source: Oskin].

4. Methane Gas

In 2016, researchers at Arctic University of Norway caused a sensation when they announced the discovery of giant craters up to half a mile (0.8 kilometer) wide in the Barents Sea off the coast of Norway, which they believed were caused by exploding natural gas that had migrated from deep oil deposits and accumulated in shallow rocks. Some newspapers seized upon the idea that such blowouts might explain the disappearance of ships in the Bermuda Triangle. But in a media release, one of the researchers, Professor Karin Andreassen, made clear that the scientists were not making any links to the Triangle [source: CAGE]. National Geographic News described the notion that methane explosions might be the explanation for disappearances in the Triangle as a "fringe" theory [source: Howard].

5. Human Error

As we have already seen, many of the Bermuda Triangle disappearances can be attributed to good ol' human error — people misreading compasses, making poor navigational decisions, misunderstanding their location and the like. It's worth noting that as navigational equipment has improved, there have been far fewer instances of mysterious disappearances in the waters of the Atlantic.

6. Paranormal explanations

Triangle writers have used a number of supernatural concepts to explain the events. One explanation pins the blame on leftover technology from the mythical lost continent of Atlantis. Sometimes connected to the Atlantis story is the submerged rock formation known as the Bimini Road off the island of Bimini in the Bahamas, which is in the Triangle by some definitions. Followers of the purported psychic Edgar Cayce take his prediction that evidence of Atlantis would be found in 1968, as referring to the discovery of the Bimini Road. Believers describe the formation as a road, wall, or other structure, but the Bimini Road is of natural origin.

Other writers attribute the events to UFOs. Charles Berlitz, the author of various books on anomalous phenomena, lists several theories attributing the losses in the Triangle to anomalous or unexplained forces.

 

Science breaks through the Mystery

Scientists may have solved an enduring mystery that has plagued us since records began in 1851.

Scientists believe methane gas explosions may be linked to the mystery of the disappearance of as many as 8,127 people in the Bermuda Triangle.

The mythical stretch of ocean, roughly encompassing Puerto Rico, the island of Bermuda, and Miami, has been called the Devil's Triangle and, more commonly, the Bermuda Triangle.

For the past 165 years, according to the International Business Times, numerous ships and airplanes have disappeared in the area, usually under mysterious circumstances, taking more than 8,000 lives. But new research from scientists at Arctic University in Norway suggests that multiple giant craters on the floor of the Barents Sea may help to explain what's going on in the Bermuda Triangle.

"Multiple giant craters exist on the seafloor in an area in the west-central Barents Sea ... and are probably a cause of enormous blowouts of gas," researchers at the Arctic University of Norway said. "The crater area is likely to represent one of the largest hotspots for shallow marine methane release in the Arctic."

This is not the first time the possibility of methane gas eruptions in the Bermuda Triangle has been suggested. Last year a group of researchers led by Igor Yelstov of the Trofimuk Institute in Russia said the mysterious disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle were the effects of hydrant gas reactions.

Yelstov told The Sunday Times that when the craters start to actively decompose, methane ice is transformed into gas. He said the process happens the same way that avalanches occur and are almost like a nuclear reaction that produces huge amounts of gas.

If the theory of methane gas explosions being the cause of so many disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle proves to be correct, then we can chalk one up for science. But would the theory explain the magnetic anomalies associated with the area? It will be interesting to hear what is decided at the meeting in April.

The craters surrounding the seabed on the coast of Norway mark areas where massive deposits of methane gas may have exploded. The study of these craters, some of which are actually chasms 150-feet deep and a half-mile wide, suggests they could have been caused by gas leaking from oil and gas deposits buried deep in the seafloor.

In the past two years, scientists have documented methane gas bubbling up from the seafloor off the coasts of Washington state and Oregon, as well as off the east coast of the United States. And in the frozen stretches of Siberia last year, scientists discovered four new holes, bringing the number to seven craters that have formed after an eruption of methane gas, according to Digital Journal.

Further details on the discovery will be released next month at the annual meeting of the European Geosciences Union, to be held in Vienna on April 17-22. One of the topics to be discussed will be whether methane gas explosions on the seabed could threaten the safety of ships. Scientists now have radar capable of giving them detailed images of the seabed, showing areas of methane gas seepage around the world.

Is it even true?

The density of shipping lanes, 2012. Note the many vibrant red lines cris-crossing the "Triangle".

Before attempting to explain the high levels of disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle, it is necessary to ascertain whether there really is such a thing. This is one of the busiest shipping areas in the world, so a correspondingly higher level of typical ship disappearances would be expected. The Southeast coast of the US is also prone to violent storms, suggesting that a more frequent occurrence of non-supernatural disappearances would be expected. It should be noted that one could arbitrarily pick any three points in the ocean roughly the same distance apart as those making up the Bermuda Triangle and, assuming sufficient traffic, discover a similar number of unexplained sinkings.

It turns out that the Bermuda Triangle is no more dangerous than other similarly storm-prone areas. Heavier traffic in the area corresponds to a higher number of disappearances. Moreover, insurance rates for shipping and travel within the Bermuda Triangle are no higher than anywhere else.

Airplane crashes are, almost by definition, extraordinary events, and thus always occur as a result of an improbable sequence of events. Nevertheless, the official explanation for the disappearance of Flight 19 is both plausible and consistent with the facts: a group of flight students got lost, ran out of fuel, and crashed at night in an unknown location.

Disappearances of ships at sea are, of course, mysterious, but not unexplainable: the ocean is a dangerous and unpredictable place. The sea obscures or swallows up all evidence. We are not used to large objects disappearing, but the sea is more than capable of making any large object vanish entirely. It swallowed the Titanic, after all.

Several sources have over the years have come up with several reasons that are related to natural causes such as human error, extreme weather conditions.

Scientists may have just made a huge breakthrough in explaining the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle

There are many documentaries that have been produced that attempt to explain the science behind the mysterious activity in the 500,000 square miles patch of sea borders Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda. Another problem has been made defining the area that constitutes the triangle.

The incidents that have been reported depend on the writer and what they know to constitute the triangle, which leads to varying limits on where the triangle begins and ends.

The Bermuda Triangle has sparked many conspiracy theories after 50 ships and 20 planes have disappeared over its waters. The broader believed idea is that there is no paranormal activity and that a combination of factors that can be used to explain the disappearances in the area.

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