Bermuda-Devil’s Triangle

Posted by on May-16-2009

At times, I feel that this world is a mysterious place. Untold facts still haunts its inhabitants. The obscurities are alike in land and the sea. When we refer to Sea mysteries, the first thing which comes to our mind is the “Bermuda Triangle”. It has always been a synonym of inscrutability.

The Bermuda triangle or the “Devil’s Triangle” is a region of the northwestern Atlantic Ocean in which a number of aircraft and surface vessels are assumed to have vanished in a strange way. No satisfactory reasons like, human error, pirates, equipment failure, or natural disasters have been attributed to these disappearances. The Straits of Florida, the Bahamas , the entire Caribbean island area ,the Atlantic east to the Azores and the Gulf of Mexico covers the Triangle. The more familiar triangular boundary has its points somewhere on the Atlantic coast of Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and the mid-Atlantic island of Bermuda, with most of the accidents concentrated along the southern boundary around the Bahamas and the Florida Strait.

Christopher Columbus was the first person to document something strange in the Triangle, reporting that he and his crew observed “strange dancing lights on the horizon”, flames in the sky, and at another point he wrote in his log about bizarre compass bearings in the area.

The modern legend of the Bermuda Triangle began soon after five U.S. Navy planes Flight 19 vanished on a training mission during a severe storm in 1945. The legend says the aircraft sent for the rescue operation was also missing.

In 1950 E.V.W. Jones wrote the first article on the triangle and its mystery. Two years later “Fate Magazine” published an article, “Sea Mystery At Our Back Door” and it covered the loss of several planes and ships, including the loss of Flight 19. It was followed by a chain of articles , explaining the scientific facts and fictions about Bermuda. But most of them reflected a paranormal image of the Triangle.

Some , like Edgar Cayce , have connected the triangle with the mythical lost continent Atlantis and Bimini road. Some say about the presence of UFOs. Some have even referred it as Worm Hole , a gap in space and time.

Lawrence David Kusche, a research librarian from Arizona State University and author of The Bermuda Triangle Mystery: Solved (1975) challenged this trend and explained the incidents as mere fabricated stories. He pointed out a lot inaccuracies and inconsistencies in reports, to substantiate his argument.

A paper was published by the United States Geological Survey about the appearance of hydrates in the Blake Ridge area, offshore southeastern United States, in 1981. Periodic methane eruptions are capable of producing ship-sized bubbles, or regions of water with so much dissolved gas, that the fluid density is no longer capable of providing adequate buoyancy for ships to float. If this were the case, such an area forming around a ship could cause it to sink almost directly and without warning. Experiments have proven that a methane bubble can indeed sink a ship by decreasing the density of the water. Methane gas can also crash planes. The less dense air causes planes to lose lift. Hurricanes, Gulf Stream – an ocean current that originates in the Gulf of Mexico, Freak waves, Human errors and even deliberate destructions are said to be the reasons of this mishaps.

Some of the Marine Insurers, Marine Authorities and some skeptical researchers have concluded that the triangle is as normal and as safe as any other part of the ocean and the super natural image is created by the untrue stories and articles.

These conclusions, are however not widely accepted and Bermuda Triangle still prevails as one of the most unsolved puzzle and every soul traveling through this “Devil’s Triangle” prepares itself, to face the unidentified disaster !!.

  1. Josh Maxwell Said,

    Thanks for posting the article, was certainly a great read!

  2. Stuart Said,

    On my travels remind me not to stray into the Bermuda triangle!

  3. Megan Said,

    good article, very scared about the Triangle. Not sure what to believe but sounds very real.

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