Top 10 Explanations for the Bermuda Triangle

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Coined by the writer Vincent Gaddis in 1964, the Bermuda Triangle refers to the region extending from Bermuda to Miami, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is popularly known as ‘The Devil’s Triangle’ or the ‘Isle of Devils’, because of the mysterious disappearances of ships and planes passing through that region. Although the tragic events have not yet met with any solid reason, various explanations have been developed from time to time on the basis of the various events and evidences.


1. To err is Human

To err is Human

This is for those who don’t want to cloud their sense of logic with some old-wives tale about ghosts and aliens. Given the rough weather conditions and the tricky ocean currents in the Bermuda region, it is quite possible even for the most trained of pilots to lose control of their vessels and drift into the vast abyss. The most famous plane wreck of the Triangle’s storied history is that of Flight 19, on 5 December 1945. When the rescue team failed to comprehend the situation that the plane might have been, the only plausible explanation given was that the pilot mistook outline of the Bahama Islands for the coastline of Florida.


2. The Gulf Stream

The Gulf Stream

The Gulf Stream is an ocean current within the ocean itself that originates in the Gulf of Mexico and flows through the Straits of Florida into the North Atlantic. The currents are strong enough to easily move a plane or a ship off their course. Given the gigantic waves and the rough weather condition, the vessels are likely to be engulfed by some of the deepest trenches in the world, some as deep to nearing 28,000 feet, within the Bermuda Triangle.


3. Geomagnetic fields

Geomagnetic fields

Navigation along the sea requires the efficient use of the Magnetic compass. In the light of the fact that the Bermuda region is unique because it is one of the only two places on Earth where true north and magnetic north line up which can vary readings on navigational equipment, the disappearances of the ships have been linked the magnetic anomalies in the area. Rob MacGregor and Bruce Gernon explained in their ‘electronic fog’ theory that powerful electromagnetic storms from within the Earth break through to the surface and come into the atmosphere leaving a fog behind.


4. Methane Gas

Methane Gas

Experiments have shown that bubbles of methane decrease the density of water, which can be an explanation for the massive sinking of ships in the Bermuda Triangle. As far as the wreckage is concerned, it is very likely to rise to the surface before being rapidly swept away by the Gulf Stream. These deposits of “methane clathrates” occur in various places along the seabed, and it is quite unpredictable when one of them would erupt and release methane froth, thereby decreasing the buoyancy on the water surface and swallowing an entire ship!


5. Hurricanes


The Bermuda Triangle experiences the torments of hurricane Alley every year. These are associated not just with rogue waves and violent weather, but also cause ‘microburst’, which is a sudden downdraft caused by the storm’s rotation sucking air down from high altitude. It is thus not very difficult for these storms to wreck planes and sink ships, leaving behind no trace of it!


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