Popular culture has attributed various disappearances to the paranormal or activity by extraterrestrial beings. These are more properly called “methane clathrates,” which in water environments are hydrates. Astronauts from the 1960s on recorded noticeable dips in the orbits of satellites around the Moon, both manned and unmanned. Hurricanes are powerful storms that form in tropical waters and have historically cost thousands of lives and caused billions of dollars in damage. An explanation for some of the disappearances has focused on the presence of large fields of methane hydrates (a form of natural gas) on the continental shelves. It is quite plausible that a methane hydrate could erupt from under the seabed, expelling methane gas hundreds of feet to several miles all the way to the surface, and at the surface, a passing ship of any size could find itself centered over the escaping gas.

Larry Kusche, author of The Bermuda Triangle Mystery: Solved (1975)[1] argued that many claims of Gaddis and subsequent writers were exaggerated, dubious or unverifiable. “Mascon” is short for “mass concentration,” in this case of gravity. "Ship And 37 Vanish In Bermuda Triangle On Voyage To U.S.". The weather was becoming stormy by the end of the incident. Because of the approaching hurricane, the owner strengthened the mooring ropes and put out two additional anchors. Magnetic (compass) north and geographic (true) north are exactly the same only for a small number of places – for example, as of 2000[update], in the United States, only those places on a line running from Wisconsin to the Gulf of Mexico. The ocean itself would, in effect, swallow the vessel whole. The Gulf Stream is a major surface current, primarily driven by thermohaline circulation that originates in the Gulf of Mexico and then flows through the Straits of Florida into the North Atlantic. On August 28, 1963, a pair of US Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft collided and crashed into the Atlantic 300 miles west of Bermuda.

Flight 19 alone would be covered again in the April 1962 issue of American Legion magazine. ), National Investigations Committee On Aerial Phenomena (1956-1980), Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (2007–2012), Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force (current), Mass murder of German POWs after World War II (1940s), Allegations of CIA assistance to Osama bin Laden, Free energy suppression conspiracy theory, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bermuda_Triangle&oldid=987400386, Wikipedia indefinitely semi-protected pages, Articles using infobox body of water without alt, Articles using infobox body of water without pushpin map, Articles using infobox body of water without image bathymetry, Articles with unsourced statements from September 2020, Articles containing potentially dated statements from 2000, All articles containing potentially dated statements, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat-VIAF identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. 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. The incident resulting in the single largest loss of life in the history of the US Navy not related to combat occurred when the collier Cyclops, carrying a full load of manganese ore and with one engine out of action, went missing without a trace with a crew of 309 sometime after March 4, 1918, after departing the island of Barbados. Publications by the USGS describe large stores of undersea hydrates worldwide, including the Blake Ridge area, off the coast of the southeastern United States. The numbers themselves had been exaggerated by sloppy research. The oil drill finally struck the hydrate deposit submerged in the ocean of oil beneath the seabed, and the methane destroyed the entire rig, sinking it a mile to the bottom. The shortest distance between two points is, in this case, not a straight line, but zero. Because a full mathematical description of wormholes has not yet been formulated, it is, at least for now, possible (just not feasible) that a wormhole exists in the Triangle, though not at all times, that this wormhole instantly transports anything entering it to another location in the Universe, or to another time in the same location. ...read more, Within the larger mystery of the UFO phenomenon is another, still-unsolved puzzle: Why do so many reports involve strange, triangular-shaped craft—often described as dark in color, virtually noiseless and the size of a football field or larger? Werewolves are, according to some legends, people who morph into vicious, powerful wolves.

Moreover, although storms, reefs and the Gulf Stream can cause navigational challenges there, maritime insurance leader Lloyd’s of London does not recognize the Bermuda Triangle as an especially hazardous place. They were able to show that some of the pro-paranormal material is often misleading or inaccurate, but its producers continue to market it. Flight 19 was a training flight of five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers that disappeared on December 5, 1945, while over the Atlantic. A methane hydrate deposit is methane gas trapped in a natural lattice structure of crystallised water, similar to ice. It has lots of houses, condos, hotel resorts, an airport, and many other signs that it is inhabited, but when Cascio reached Grand Turk, she radioed ahead that she thought she was lost. She was, then, unable to fly back through the same rip in the space-time continuum. There are two other similar structures between this road and the island’s beach, also of limestone blocks. Sand's article was the first to lay out the now-familiar triangular area where the losses took place, as well as the first to suggest a supernatural element to the Flight 19 incident. This story in particular will never let the Triangle’s mystique die, because Taylor was no rookie at the controls. A National Hurricane Center satellite specialist, James Lushine, stated "during very unstable weather conditions the downburst of cold air from aloft can hit the surface like a bomb, exploding outward like a giant squall line of wind and water. At either magnetic pole, the needle will spin. The Moon’s mascons are so powerful that no satellite can maintain an orbit for longer than about 4 years without being corrected. © 2020 A&E Television Networks, LLC. Most of the mysterious disasters have occurred in its southern region from the Florida straits into the Bahamas. Black holes are just that, holes in the fabric of space-time. If Atlantis is there at the bottom of the ocean, perhaps its civilisation was so technologically advanced as to survive submerging to an average Bermuda Triangle depth of about 3.8 miles. It was recorded on sensors and proved what superstitious sailors had been swearing to in the same drunken tales of sea monsters. An investigation revealed that she had dragged her moorings and gone to sea. This doesn’t explain why so many ships and planes go down in the Triangle, but it can explain why almost immediate rescue efforts and subsequent deep-sea salvage operations turn up nothing at all. [34] Laboratory experiments carried out in Australia have proven that bubbles can, indeed, sink a scale model ship by decreasing the density of the water;[35][36][37] any wreckage consequently rising to the surface would be rapidly dispersed by the Gulf Stream. "Search Abandoned For 40 On Vessel Lost In Caribbean". [30] Human stubbornness may have caused businessman Harvey Conover to lose his sailing yacht, Revonoc, as he sailed into the teeth of a storm south of Florida on January 1, 1958.[31]. The incidents cited above, apart from the official documentation, come from the following works. Nevertheless, compasses behave very strangely in some places around the world. If Earth is said to have a gravitational pull of 1, the Moon is about 1/6th. Remember, once you say “aliens” anything goes. They are limestone rocks, fairly rectangular for the most part, and all roughly but neatly fitted together as a pavement about half a mile long. Kusche's research revealed a number of inaccuracies and inconsistencies between Berlitz's accounts and statements from eyewitnesses, participants, and others involved in the initial incidents.

[11], Other writers elaborated on Gaddis' ideas: John Wallace Spencer (Limbo of the Lost, 1969, repr. These dips usually coincided with the Moon’s “seas,” such as the Sea of Tranquility, as well as the largest impact craters. Then, in December 1945, five Navy bombers carrying 14 men took off from a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, airfield in order to conduct practice bombing runs over some nearby shoals. One or two mariners over the centuries could be referred to entry #10, but several thousand maritime travellers, in vehicles from small boats to large ships and airplanes, have complained of being unable to rely on their compasses during sections of their journeys through the Triangle. "Great Hunt On For 27 Navy Fliers Missing In Five Planes Off Florida".

When an orbiting object passes over one of these seas, the denser material yanks on it with much more gravity than the Moon’s average pull. [39][40] In addition, two of Cyclops's sister ships, Proteus and Nereus were subsequently lost in the North Atlantic during World War II. She stated that the island was the same shape and size of Grand Turk, but was utterly bereft of any sign of human habitation. In one such incident involving the 1972 explosion and sinking of the tanker V. A. Fogg, the Coast Guard photographed the wreck and recovered several bodies,[20] in contrast with one Triangle author's claim that all the bodies had vanished, with the exception of the captain, who was found sitting in his cabin at his desk, clutching a coffee cup. Such gigantic, nearly vertical walls of water are easily capable of flipping super tankers and sinking them in seconds. The owner of Connemara IV observed that she had disappeared. Left uncorrected, the satellite passes over multiple mascons until they finally yank it into free fall. The Coast Guard is also officially skeptical of the Triangle, noting that they collect and publish, through their inquiries, much documentation contradicting many of the incidents written about by the Triangle authors.