There is a region of the Atlantic Ocean that has been named the
Bermuda Triangle because of the unexplained disappearance of aircraft
and ships in the area. The boundaries of the triangle form a trapezoid
that includes the Florida Straits, the Bahamas, The Caribbean and the
Azores. Some experts extend the area to include the Gulf of Mexico.
The main points are Bermuda, San Juan, Puerto Rica and Florida.
Christopher Columbus was the first to report strange happenings in
this area saying that his crew saw strange lights in the sky. Experts
believe these lights to be that of the fires of the natives on shore.
Flights over the area have reported that the water was green and that
the pilots didn't have any idea where they were at the time.
Rebuttals of the claims of lost ships and aircraft say that the number
of losses in this area is no different than in any other part of the
ocean. However, there are plausible explanations for this phenomenon.
1. There is an extraordinary amount of methane on the continental
shelf in this part of the ocean. This can cause bubbles to occur,
which can sink a ship.
2. Compass variations have been recorded in the Bermuda Triangle. This
can be explained because of possible unusual magnetic anomalies in the
region, although there is no proof to suggest that this is true.
3. This area is prone to many hurricanes during the hurricane season
of each year. These storms could account for the loss of ships as they
do cause billions of dollars in damage each year.
4. The Gulf Stream is somewhat like a river within an ocean. It
originates in the Gulf of Mexico and then flows towards the Florida
Straits. The current is large enough to carry away a small plane
attempting to land in the water.
Some of the famous incidents tat have occurred in the Bermuda Triangle include:
- Flight 19. This training bomber went missing in the Bermuda Triangle in 1945. No reasons could be found for the disappearance so it was put
down to either human error on the part of the pilot, something going
wrong with the plane or that it was shot down.
- The story of the Mary Celeste still continues to confound
investigators. This ship was found floating in perfect condition with
no crew on board. Food was actually still waiting on the tables.
- The USS Cyclops was the largest recorded loss of life in the history
of the US Navy. This ship disappeared without a trace in 1918.