The Bermuda Triangle mystery has intrigued people for centuries (even before the area was designated "The Bermuda Triangle") and has established itself as one of the more seemingly unfathomable oddities of the world. But scientists are now advancing a theory that some anomalous cloud formations in the shape of hexagons could be the culprit behind the hundreds of disappearances of boats, ships, and aircraft, not to mention thousands of lives, over the last half-millennium or more.
The Mirror reported this week that meteorologists are now suggesting that hexagon clouds over the region known as the Bermuda Triangle, an expanse of the Atlantic Ocean that covers almost 311,000 miles (500,000 kilometers) of territory, could be behind dangerously powerful winds that could be the cause of all the disappearances over the years. The 170 mile-per-hour winds, scientists are saying, create what they have termed as "air bombs" at sea level.
Dr. Steve Miller, a satellite meteorologist at Colorado State University, told Science Channel's What on Earth in reference to the hexagon clouds, "You don't typically see straight edges with clouds. Most of the time, clouds are random in their distribution."
Meteorologist Randy Cerveny explained to the Mirror, "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."
Scientists believe the air bombs produce enough force that can generate massive waves as high as 45 feet. Such waves can easily swamp boats and even capsize large ships. Needless to say, the same 170 mph winds can have a devastating effect on aircraft flying through such conditions.
As the Independent pointed out, the deadly region, also at times referred to as the more ominous-sounding "Devil's Triangle," has averaged a disappearance rate of four planes and 20 ships every year.
The oddity of the hexagon cloud formations is, strangely enough, not unique to the Bermuda Triangle or even planet Earth. In fact, an enormous hexagon cloud formation on Saturn, located over its north pole, was first discovered in 1988 from NASA's Cassini spacecraft fly-by data gathered in 1980 and 1981, according to Space.com. The formation extends over 20,000 miles and is estimated to be roughly 60 miles deep inside Saturn's atmosphere.
The new theory for the Bermuda Triangle mystery is far different than the numerous pseudo-science theories proposed over the years. Those theories have ranged from resonant power sources and whirlpool-generating anomalies to electromagnetic storms and UFOs operating out of a hidden underwater base either abducting or destroying the vanished craft to ensure the alien base remains a secret to humanity.
The mysteriousness of the Bermuda Triangle, a region located in the lower north Atlantic, began almost as soon as the Western Hemisphere was "discovered" by Europeans. In fact, Christopher Columbus, writing in his journal in 1492, noted that he had witnessed strange lights and odd compass readings while in the area.
The Bermuda Triangle's legend is also replete with not only strange tales but also some of historical importance. The 1918 disappearance of the USS Cyclops, not to mention its 309-member crew, was attributed to the Atlantic phenomenon. The World War I vanishing is considered the single largest loss of life in the history of the U.S. Navy following it being reported missing after leaving the Caribbean island of Barbados.
What might be the most famous of all the disappearances the Bermuda Triangle has been accredited with occurred in December 1945, when U.S. Navy Flight 19 out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, vanished during a training flight. All of the 14 airmen aboard the five torpedo bombers were lost, as were all 13 crew members of a flying boat sent in search of the lost flight. The U.S. Navy has never officially determined a cause for Flight 19's disappearance over the Bermuda Triangle.
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