Friday, September 19, 2014

Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle

Over the years a lot has been written about the Bermuda Triangle, which is more infamously known as the Devil’s Triangle.

This triangle is located in the western part of the north Atlantic. The area is called a triangle because it encompasses 3 vertices that include Miami, Florida, San Juan, Puerto Rico and the mid-Atlantic island of Bermuda.

This small patch of ocean has been blamed for hundreds of shipwrecks, plane crashes and mysterious disappearances.

Over the years many theories have been put forth in an attempt to solve what was considered in the 1970s a scary mystery.

Today, over 40 years later some state that most of the stories written about these lost wrecks, crashes and disappearances were inaccurate or embellished. In some cases this is true in others it is not.

Scientific Theories

Over the years there have been many debates as to the cause of all these accidents and disappearances.

Excluding human error--most theories that have been put forth involve some kind of environmental force that made ships’ and planes’ compasses or navigational equipment malfunction, which caused them to go off course and become lost.


The list of the possible causes is too long so instead here is one of the most intriguing theories.

Dr. Richard Mclver an American geochemist and Dr. Ben Chennell of Leeds University in England purpose that Methane hydrates, which are sediments that bubble up from the ocean floor might cause ships to disappear.

Landslides on the ocean floor can release vast amounts of this gas--which would be disastrous because it could significantly reduce the density of the water.

What this means is it could make any ship floating above sink like a rock. This gas could also cause plane engines to ignite--causing them to explode.

Paranormal Theories

In past years there were so many spooky stories and theories told about the triangle that people literally became afraid to travel through this area.

Stories of alien UFO abductions and other paranormal phenomenon became as varied as the scientific theories.

The stories told of disappearances in the triangle, such as the Carroll A. Deering in 1921, and an entire squadron of Naval planes in 1945 fueled these more unconventional theories.

One stark example of this follows...

An English psychiatrist, Dr. Kenneth McAll put forth a theory in a book he wrote that the souls of black slaves had cursed the triangle and their spirits still haunt the area.

While traveling by ship across the triangle McAll stated that he and the crew heard continuous mournful singing everywhere on the vessel but they could find no discernable source for it.

He later did research and discovered the it was in the triangle region where 18th century English sea captains defrauded insurance companies by tossing African slaves into the ocean to drown and then cashed in on the claims.

Simplest Theory

Skeptics state that there is no mystery connected to the Bermuda Triangle.

They propose a simple explanation. The triangle is a relatively small region that has some of the most heavily traveled shipping lanes in the world.

Because of this it should not be surprising that a large number of accidents occur in the area.

I must note here that vessels started to disappear in this region long before the area was heavily used.


Another problem with this theory is it does not explain why many of these 100s of planes and large ships, over more than a century, just disappeared without a trace.


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