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Bermuda Triangle Theories
Howard, an expert on Bermuda Triangle, claims that more than 50 ships and 20 planes have disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle over the last century itself, and up to 1000 over the last 500 years. So how did the planes and ships disappear? What went wrong? There are many theories that try to explain the mystery of missing ships and planes in Bermuda Triangle. While some theories are close to what may have happened in reality, some are just speculations. Here are some of the top and most popular theories of Bermuda Triangle that try to explain and solve the mysteries of disappearances.
The Sargasso Sea
This strange sea that has no shores but bounded by ocean currents on all sides, has been the trap for many vessels in the past. Many ships were believed to have become completely motionless here and later found in derelict conditions without a soul on them. So what caused such strange incidents? Check out the mystery of Sargasso Sea.
Methane Gas Theory
Huge amount of methane gas, trapped thousands of feet under the ocean floor at Bermuda Triangle area can cause the planes and ships to disappear in no time. How?? I first heard about this Methane theory from Teddy Tucker in Bermuda. Teddy is the legendary scuba diver and a treasure collector in the island. Check out Methane Gas Theory to know how it can cause such disasters.
Do you know that magnetic and absolute North are not the same. Which means that the north where a compass points and the absolute geographic north which is the north pole are different. So ships need to make adjustment for this difference to keep to the right direction. But in Bermuda Triangle, there is a narrow strip where both these North's become the same. Can this be the cause for fatal accidents? Check out Compass Variation Theory to find out what may happen in such a case.
The Gulf Stream is an ocean current that originates in the Gulf of Mexico, and then moves through the Straits of Florida, into the North Atlantic. It is like a river within an ocean and can carry floating objects. A small plane making a water landing or a boat having engine trouble will be easily carried away. It happened to the cabin cruiser Witchcraft on December 22, 1967, when it reported engine trouble near the Miami buoy marker one mile from shore, but was not there when a Coast Guard cutter arrived.
Electronic Fog: A Hutchison effect?
It has been heard several times that ships and aircraft get engulfed in some kind of electronic fog and the fog keeps moving along with the ship or the plane.
And eventually, all the electronic equipment and other instruments start malfunctioning. Then the ships and airplanes either disintegrate or disappear without a trace.
Can this be true? Read Electronic Fog to know what came out from the experiments by Vancouver based scientist John Hutchison.
At times there are violent storms in the Bermuda Triangle area. These short but intense storms can build up quickly and go away so fast that even a satellite can't detect them properly. But these storms are strong enough to destroy ships or planes completely. There are also waterspouts seen in this area. A waterspout is like a tornado at sea that sucks water from the ocean thousands of feet into the sky.
Very large waves can appear suddenly even in calm seas. One such rogue wave caused the Ocean Ranger, then the world's largest offshore platform to capsize in 1982. Research has shown that freak waves up to 30m high & capable of sinking a large ship within moments, can and do happen. Although these are very rare, in some areas ocean currents indicate that they happen more often than normal.
Hurricanes are extremely powerful storms that sometimes appear in the Atlantic near the equator. Such hurricanes have historically been the cause for thousands of lives lost and billions of dollars of damage. The sinking of Francisco de Bobadilla's Spanish fleet in 1502 was the first recorded instance of such destructive hurricane. These storms have in the past caused a number of incidents related to the Bermuda Triangle.
The seafloor in Bermuda Triangle area is also found to be quite strange. There are some unusual formations. From a gentle slope it takes a sudden deep drop. In fact, some of the deepest trenches in the world are found in this area. Ships or planes that sink into these deep trenches will probably never be found.
There are also explanations based on some supernatural theories like the lost city of Atlantis, UFOs and Aliens. Check out Supernatural Theories to know about such explanations that try to solve the Bermuda Triangle Mystery.
And like in any other subject, there are skeptics and critics here as well who do not believe that Bermuda Triangle area has any mystery to be solved at all. They say there is nothing unusual about all these disappearances and they can all be explained with science or some logic. Check out the Skeptics Theory to find out what the skeptics of Bermuda Triangle have to say to solve the mysteries.
And, there are many more explanations...
Strange magnetic fields from the bottom of the ocean are favorites among those who are technically-minded. Weather like thunderstorms, hurricanes, earthquakes, high waves, pirates, explosive cargoes, incompetent navigators etc. are favorites among skeptical investigators.
Other possibilities include underwater earthquakes. Scientists have actually found a great deal of seismic vibrations in the Bermuda triangle area.
New theories keep evolving, but none so far have been able to prove the phenomena of disappearances with facts and evidence.
1) Check out Bermuda Triangle Mystery to know more about the mystery of Bermuda Triangle, amazing stories of planes and ship disappearing and how it has been solved.
By Raj Bhattacharya
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