8 Theories that Explain the Bermuda Triangle Mystery
The Bermuda Triangle has created a buzz when ships and aircraft started
disappearing within its area without any explanation. Today, there are over 1000
ships and 20 aircraft that have disappeared in Bermuda Triangle. There have been
no traces of the disappearances and no evidence to explain why these accidents
happened. Some people believe that the mystery is caused by supernatural
phenomenon and that the devil may be blamed for all the deaths of innocent
people who were led in the Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle.
Where is the Bermuda Triangle?
The triangle’s area lies between the north-Atlantic island called Bermuda, San
Juan and Miami. Each side of the triangle covers 1000 miles of seafloor.
However, some researchers have various description of how wide the triangle is.
Some believe that the Bermuda Triangle goes all the way to the Caribbean islands
to the Gulf of Mexico and Azores, making it over one million square miles.
Why is it Called Bermuda Triangle?
At first, people called it the Miami Triangle but Florida would not agree with
the name with the fear of losing their tourists. Puerto Rico Triangle was the
second name that came up but Puerto Rico also objected. When the triangle was
named after the small island, Bermuda, no one bothered to object since the
island is also referred to as “Isle of the Devils”. Since 1960, the triangle has
been called the Bermuda Triangle.
1) Supernatural Explanations of the Disappearances
Atlantis - Because there were no satisfying explanations for the mystery
of Bermuda Triangle, writers started blaming the mythical city of Atlantis.
Because of the legend of Atlantis that says the city depends on powerful special
energy that could malfunction the navigational tools of airplanes and ships,
some people believed that the Atlantis could have caused the disappearances.
However, when the floors of the Bahamas were studied, there was no evidence that
could prove this theory.
UFO - This theory was taken from Steven Spielberg’s imagination when
he wrote about one of the aircraft which disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle
(Flight 19) on his book “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. The book described
that the aircraft was abducted by aliens.
These supernatural theories do not really give good explanations for the
disappearances but they were believed by a lot of people in the past.
Theories that Explain the Mystery
Sargasso Sea. This sea is located in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle and is
also the culprit of some of the disappearances of ships in the past. The sea is
strangely calm and warm. People also find it weird that after the disappearances
in this area, the ships would reappear in a very poor condition without a single
person in them. There is however one case when an American named Ellen Austin
discovered a moving ship in good condition. He sent some of his crew over to the
other ship and found out that there is no one in there. After a couple of days,
the two ships were separated by a storm and the other ship was gone along with
Ellen’s crew. Since then, the ship was never seen again. Ellen reached New York
after 2 months of a journey.
2) Methane Gas - According to Dr. Ben Clennell, the high volume of
methane gas in the ocean floor of Bermuda Triangle lowers the density of the
water. As a result, ships that pass by the triangle can drop to the ocean floor.
Also, because the methane gas is flammable, it is possible that the aircraft
flying above the waters of the Bermuda Triangle can fire up and get destroyed
Methane gas bubbles are built when sea organisms die and decompose. These
bubbles grow bigger as they travel up to the surface of the ocean. Sometimes the
bubble grows as big as a ship and when a ship finally passes over it, the bubble
blows up, envelop the ship and pulls it down to the bottom of the ocean. The
explosion of methane gas bubbles on the water surface can also cause aircraft
and planes to catch on fire.
3) Compass Theory - Compass points to the magnetic north, which today is
located in Sverdrup Island in Canada, and not to the North Pole. These two
locations are 1500 miles away from each other. However, if a ship passes through
some areas of the Bermuda Triangle, the gap between North Pole and the magnetic
north closes. As a result, the compass points to the real north which is not
normal at all and leads the navigator to the wrong way. This explains why some
of the aircraft and ships were led to the Bermuda Triangle and got into deep
4) The Gulf Stream - This stream is a river underneath the edge of the
Bermuda Triangle. The Gulf Stream has high wave heights that are even higher
beneath it. It also usually has thunderstorms and clouds over it. This stream is
believed to have carried away a lot of ships and aircraft so that they could not
be found where they originally sunk or crashed.
5) Electronic Fog - This type of fog is formed above the ocean. It is
gray in color and is made up of electronic fields. The fog consumes aircraft or
ships and moves along with them until their navigational and communication
instruments get disabled. These electronic fogs have also been described by the
SOS calls made by veteran pilots and captains who were victims of the Bermuda
6) Weather - Bermuda Triangle is known for having violent storms that can
last for a few minutes but are very intense that they can destroy ships
completely. The Atlantic is also prone to hurricanes that can sink ships that
are caught in it. Aside from that, the triangle has waterspouts that can be the
culprit of lost ships and aircraft.
7) Large Waves - Bermuda Triangle is calm most of the time but large and
dangerous waves may appear and swallow up large ships. Research reveals that
waves as high as 30 meters can sink a large ship. Though this phenomenon is
rare, some seas have proven to have freak waves more often.
8) The Deep Floors - Some of the world’s deepest trenches are found in
the floors of Bermuda Triangle. The floor of the triangle is made up of gentle
slopes which take an immediate deep drop. Some researchers believe that the
aircraft and ships that were led to these areas of Bermuda Triangle can never be
Aside from these theories, scientists are formulating more explanations for
the disappearances within the triangle. They also believe that factors such as
magnetic fields and underwater earthquakes can also answer some of the mysteries
surrounding the Bermuda Triangle.
8 Theories that Explain the Bermuda Triangle Mystery
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