Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle
Science Fiction or Science Fact?



Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle
Science Fiction or Science Fact?

 
Does the Bermuda Triangle have some type of mysterious force behind it or is it all just make-believe?

Some explanations blame left over technology from the mythical continent of Atlantis. Others claim that it may be caused by UFOs or some unknown force.

Rational explanations appear to be human error, weather phenomena and an improper label.




Science fiction or science fact? What are some of the possible causes of the mysterious disappearances in this area of the Atlantic Ocean?

One thing that remains similar in most cases is the fact that there appears to be some magnetic interference, but why this occurs, is the big mystery.


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, though geologists consider it to be of natural origin.

Other writers attribute the events to UFOs.

This idea was used by Steven Spielberg for his science fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which features the lost Flight 19 aircrews as alien abductees.

The boundaries of the triangle cover the Straits of Florida, the Bahamas and the entire Caribbean island area and the Atlantic east to the Azores.

The more familiar triangular boundary in most written works has as its points somewhere on the Atlantic coast of Miami; 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 Straits.


The area is one of the most heavily traveled shipping lanes in the world, with ships crossing through it daily for ports in the Americas, Europe, and the Caribbean Islands.

Cruise ships are also plentiful, and pleasure craft regularly go back and forth between Florida and the islands.


It is also a heavily flown route for commercial and private aircraft heading towards Florida, the Caribbean, and South America from points north.

Charles Berlitz, author of various books on anomalous phenomena, lists several theories attributing the losses in the Triangle to anomalous or unexplained forces
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One of the most cited explanations in official inquiries as to the loss of any aircraft or vessel is human error.

Whether deliberate or accidental, humans have been known to make mistakes resulting in catastrophe, and losses within the Bermuda Triangle are no exception.

For example, the Coast Guard cited a lack of proper training for the cleaning of volatile benzene residue as a reason for the loss of the tanker SS V.A. Fogg in 1972.

Human stubbornness may have caused businessman Harvey Conover to lose his sailing yacht, the Revonoc, as he sailed into the teeth of a storm south of Florida on January 1st, 1958.

An explanation for some of the disappearances has focused on the presence of vast fields of methane hydrates (a form of natural gas) on the continental shelves.

Laboratory experiments carried out in Australia have proven that bubbles can, indeed, sink a scale model ship by decreasing the density of the water; any wreckage consequently rising to the surface would be rapidly dispersed by the Gulf Stream. 


The Bermuda Triangle

Does new evidence confirm the area as the most treacherous sea on Earth?

The Bermuda Triangle is a triangular region of the Atlantic Ocean that ranges from the Florida Keys, through the length of the Bahamas, to the Islands of Bermuda, where many planes, ships and people have disappeared or encountered unexplained phenomena.

It is believed by some that the Bermuda Triangle holds some mysterious force, to the skeptics they believe there is nothing strange that is occurring within this area. 

The mysterious force within the Bermuda Triangle has been attributed to left over technology from Atlantis, UFOs and other paranormal subjects.

Skeptics believe there is nothing strange occurring within this area and believe that miscalculations, hoaxes, weather phenomena as well as reports have been exaggerated, possibly for profits.



Bermuda Triangle & Flight 19

The mysterious Bermuda Triangle Legend which
began with the disappearance of 5 Navy bombers.

Flight 19 was the designation of five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers that disappeared on December 5th, 1945 during a United States Navy-authorized overwater navigation training flight from Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The assignment was called "Navigation problem No. 1", a combination of bombing and navigation, which other flights had or were scheduled to undertake that day.

All 14 airmen on the flight were lost, as were all 13 crew members of a PBM Mariner flying boat assumed to have exploded in mid-air while searching for the flight.

Navy investigators could not determine the cause for the loss of Flight 19 but said it may have become disoriented and ditched in rough seas when the aircraft ran out of fuel.


An explanation for some of the disappearances has focused on the presence of vast fields of methane hydrates (a form of natural gas) on the continental shelves.

Laboratory experiments carried out in Australia have proven that bubbles can, indeed, sink a scale model ship by decreasing the density of the water; any wreckage consequently rising to the surface would be rapidly dispersed by the Gulf Stream.


Methane hydrate deposit sudden exposure via earthquake and the resulting eruption of huge volumes of gas bubbles could sink large ships.

It has been hypothesized that periodic methane eruptions (sometimes called "mud volcanoes") may produce regions of frothy water that are no longer capable of providing adequate buoyancy for ships.

If this were the case, such an area forming around a ship could cause it to sink very rapidly and without warning.


Publications by the USGS describe large stores of undersea hydrates worldwide, including the Blake Ridge area, off the southeastern United States coast. However, according to another of their papers, no large releases of gas hydrates are believed to have occurred in the Bermuda Triangle for the past 15,000 years.

In various oceans around the world, rogue waves have caused ships to sink and oil platforms to topple. These waves, until 1995, were considered to be a mystery and/or a myth.


The Bermuda Triangle's Reputation


Several possible reasons for the Triangle's reputation as a danger zone are investigated. Scientists have discovered that the area's magnetic field has dropped considerably in the last 20 years.

Could activity involving underwater volcanic vents be affecting the field and posing a threat to vessels?

UFOs, as well as bizarre weather conditions, are also considered as possible explanations.


The Bermuda Triangle also known as the 'Devils Triangle' has been wrapped into an odd mystery for quite some time now.

Numerous aircraft and sea vessels have been lost within this zone and popular culture has attributed this due to the paranormal, suspension of laws and physics or by extraterrestrial beings/UFOs.



Theories of the Bermuda Triangle:
  • Human Error - Humans making mistakes or bad judgment and getting led off course.
  • Methane Gas - Methane could be sinking ships due to a huge bubble or shutting off plane engines due to a lack of oxygen.
  • Acts of God (Weather) - The ocean can get very violent and large waves and storms could attribute to many lost planes and ships as well as the gulf stream which is basically a strong flowing river within an ocean. Underwater earthquakes, waterspouts and hurricanes may play a role in these events.
  • Acts of Destruction - People may have been involved in an attack due to war as well as piracy has been around many centuries.
  • Paranormal - Leftover technology from a lost continent called Atlantis. Possible UFO or alien technology capturing people to study or abduct. A temporal hole which causes a rip in space and time.
  • Improper Label - Another theory states that there has been no evidence that this area contributes to any more disappearances compared to other places and it is just superstition or sloppy statistics.