Over the decades, scientists have been trying to resolve the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle. It is located in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean that has deepened human imagination with unexplained disappearances of ships, planes, as well as people. Bermuda Triangle is also known as the Devil’s Triangle. The surrounding area of the Bermuda Triangle is mostly used by ships for reaching the ports of America, Europe, and the Caribbean islands. Regarding the disappearances of ships and planes, there are different opinions. There is a popular belief that the area is full of paranormal activities while other investigators consider the crashes as a result of natural causes.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in a statement, said, “There is no evidence that mysterious disappearances occur with any greater frequency in the Bermuda Triangle than in any other large, well-traveled area of the ocean.” So let us discuss some of the explanations that are more grounded in science.
1. Rough Weather
Most of the Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes pass-through the area that makes the area troublesome for the ships and flights. Hurricanes that form in tropical waters are powerful storms that can damage thousands of lives. More than 50 ships and 20 airplanes have disappeared from the Bermuda Triangle.
2. Methane Gas
Another cause is the presence of methane gas that is less dense than water. Suppose you are sailing through a patch of ocean, and a massive methane bubble erupts from the deep. Then, there will be a possibility that your boat may sink. In a laboratory experiment in Australia, it has been proven that bubbles can sink a scale model ship by decreasing the density of the water.
3. Gulf Stream
Another threat is giant waves that form in the Bermuda Triangle. The Gulf Stream carries warm water from the Gulf in Mexico into the Atlantic Ocean. It is a powerful ocean current that causes rapid, sometimes violent, changes in weather. It is one of the most credible explanations for the mysterious disappearances that occur in the Triangle.
4. Compass Variations
In many Triangle incidents, compass problems found to be common. Bermuda Triangle is a place where a “magnetic” compass sometimes points towards “true” north, as opposed to “magnetic” north. Many have speculated that there may exist unusual local magnetic anomalies.
Some Incidents that Left the Scientists Completely Puzzled:
- Just two years back, in 2017, on May 15, the small private aircraft Mitsubishi MU-2B-40 disappeared while flying from Puerto Rico (a corner of the triangle) to south Florida. The plane vanished without any weather warnings.
- The cargo ship SS El Faro became another victim of the Bermuda Triangle on October 1, 2015. It departed with 33 crew members on board for Puerto Rico. All communications with the ship were lost after a fierce hurricane started moving towards it. After a few weeks, the ship found at a depth of 15,000ft in the Atlantic.
- On December 15, 2008, a Britten-Norman Islander took off from Santiago for New York, with 12 people on board. After 35 minutes from take-off, the aircraft fell off the radar and vanished. The plane was never traced again.
- On April 10, 2007, another plane disappeared near Berry Island. Another Piper-PA plane vanished in the Bermuda Triangle area, on June 20, 2005.
- In the year of 1945, an entire group of five training flights vanished from the same place and never returned to the base. Under the leadership of an experienced captain, the flight took off from Florida naval.
These are just a few recent incidents mentioned here. Before that, several other incidents of disappearances occurred, which also could not be solved. You can find several supernatural concepts to explain the events. What is your opinion? You may let us know in the comment section below.