– Sailors have always been superstitious and they have many tales of strange sea monsters, phantom islands and other odd phenomena they encountered on their long journeys across the waters.
Modern scientists have been able to explain many of the puzzling sightings reported by sailors. We know for example the nature of the St. Elmo’s fire, an ancient plasma phenomena seen by sailors worldwide. Among many sea monsters mentioned in myths and legends there is Kraken that frightened sailors and was powerful enough to overturn ships and drag them down into the deepest and coldest water realms. Discovery of giant fossils have added more fuel to the Kraken controversy.
Then there is the famous Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, a region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean. The Bermuda Triangle is not a place you will find on any official map, but according to some people who have been there, you will feel it when you have crossed the line.
Ever since a magazine coined the phrase “Bermuda Triangle” in 1964, this mysterious place has continued to attract attention. The Bermuda Triangle is an area of between 500,000-1,500,000 square miles, depending on who one asks. It is never found on any government issued map because it does not officially exist.
Scientists have long tried to explain what mysterious force is causing the disappearances of huge aircraft and ships in the region. Some have suggested that the Bermuda Triangle is not a mystery at all, because the vicinity of the Bermuda Triangle is one of the most heavily traveled shipping lanes in the world, with ships frequently crossing through it for ports in the Americas, Europe, and the Caribbean islands.
Others are of a different opinion. Stories of mysterious disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle date back to the early days of the American republic. The region has become notorious for mysterious activity, beginning as far back as the days of Christopher Columbus.
One of the earliest recorded vanishings in the Bermuda Triangle concerns the Ellen Austin a derelict ship that tried to sail to New York in 1881, but vanished instead. Another famous incident is the ship Cyclops that disappeared off the Virginia, coast in 1918 with 309 persons aboard. The Cyclops had two sister ships, Nereus and Proteus, which also vanished without trace in 1941.
The Bermuda Triangle has been blamed for the disappearance of at least 75 planes and hundreds of ships so far.
Over the years, several attempts have been made to explain what powerful force is responsible for a high incidence of unexplained losses of ships, small boats, and aircraft.
Some have suggested there is parts of highly advanced ancient technology from the lost continent of Atlantis is behind the strange vanishings. This theory is based on the assumption that the Bermuda Triangle swallowed the legendary, mythical continent. New Age supporters and UFO believers have suggested that alien spaceships are responsible for the abduction of entire ship and aircraft crew.
It has also been proposed that that there is an anomalous phenomenon we still haven’t been able to locate or identify.
Compass problems are often reported by ships and aircraft that cross the region and this has made some think that unusual local magnetic anomalies may exist in the area.
Other natural explanations often mentioned are severe weather, human error, and large fields of methane hydrates (a form of natural gas) on the continental shelves.
In 2014, scientists suggested that remarkable giant craters in Siberia could solve the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle and explain why planes and boasts have vanished in the region.
“There is a version that the Bermuda Triangle is a consequence of gas hydrates reactions. They start to actively decompose with methane ice turning into gas. It happens in an avalanche-like way, like a nuclear reaction, producing huge amounts of gas.That makes the ocean heat up and ships sink in its waters mixed with a huge proportion of gas. The same [method] leads to the air getting supersaturated with methane, which makes the atmosphere extremely turbulent and leads to aircraft crashes,” Russian scientist Igor Yeltsov, the deputy head of the Trofimuk Institute, said.
According to a more recent theory put forward by meteorologists, mysterious vanishings of ships and aircraft in the Bermuda triangle can be blamed on unusual hexagonal clouds.
Researchers reached this conclusion by examining imagery from a NASA satellite. When researchers measured, what was happening beneath the clouds the discovered that the sea level winds were reaching almost 170 miles an hour – powerful enough to generate waves of over 45 feet high – as ‘air bombs’ are forced to come crashing down towards the ocean. Scientists also note that these peculiar clouds have straight edges.
They also noted that the same clouds were appearing over the western tip of the Bermuda triangle, with the clouds even bigger, ranging from 20 to 55 miles across, creating 170 mph air bombs full of wind. Waves inside these wind monsters can reach as high as 45 feet and the peculiar clouds have straight edges.
In an interview with the Science Channel, Dr Steve Miller, satellite meteorologist at Colorado State University said: “You don’t typically see straight edges with clouds. Most of the time, clouds are random in their distribution.
Meteorologist Randy Cerveny added: “The satellite imagery is really bizarre… These types of hexagonal shapes over the ocean are in essence air bombs. They are formed by what are called microbursts and they’re blasts of air that come down out of the bottom of a cloud and then hit the ocean and then create waves that can sometimes be massive in size as they start to interact with each other.”
The unusual hexagonal clouds may have solved the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, but scientists still more research must be carried out before this theory can be confirmed.
Written by Cynthia McKanzie – MessageToEagle.com Staff Writer