The Bermuda Triangle is one of the most debated and mysterious areas in the world. Having first gotten its name from a 1964 Argosy magazine article by Vincent Gaddis to denote the region’s three vertices namely; the Florida peninsula in Miami, the island of Bermuda, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, it has become one of the most infamous places in the world thanks to alleged paranormal activity. Numerous disappearances of planes, ships, and people occur in the region annually.
For a long time now, theories ranging from extraterrestrials, American military activity, and the undersea city of Atlantis have been brought forward to explain the phenomenon. Delving a bit into the aforementioned conspiracy theories, the aliens theory began circulating in December 1945 after a torpedo bomber squadron of five dubbed Flight 19 disappeared without a trace while undertaking a routine exercise in the area. The following is an excerpt of a report on what really happened according to History.
“At first, Flight 19’s hop proceeded just as smoothly as the previous 18 that day. Taylor and his pilots buzzed over Hens and Chickens Shoals around 2:30 p.m. and dropped their practice bombs without incident. But shortly after the patrol turned north for the second leg of its journey, something very strange happened.”
For reasons that are still unclear, Taylor became convinced that his Avenger’s compass was malfunctioning and that his planes had been flying in the wrong direction. The troubles only mounted after a front blew in and brought rain, gusting winds and heavy cloud cover. Flight 19 became hopelessly disoriented. “I don’t know where we are,” one of the pilots said over the radio. “We must have got lost after that last turn.”
The pilots allegedly ended up going further out to sea because of the disorientation and eventually, the planes ran out of fuel, supposedly crash-landing in the ocean. Not a trace of the men or the airplanes has been found to this day. The pilots are said to have seen flashing lights ahead of them soon after the plane direction instruments started malfunctioning. This has made conspiracy theorists conclude that an alien encounter may have led to the unusual occurrences.
The American military has not been spared either in the melange of conspiracy theories surrounding the Bermuda Triangle, especially after it built an underwater base there in the 1950s. Named AUTEC, which stands for the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center, it was created to carry out hydrospace and aerospace research. That said, many hypothesize that the military may be carrying out experiments that lead to paranormal incidences, something similar to those in Area 51.
Presently, however, a new string of logical conclusions has been drawn, explaining why the Bermuda triangle has so many disappearances. The first is that most of the accidents occur because of human error. The fact that the Bermuda Triangle is one of the busiest sea lanes in the world also serves to explain the high number of fatalities and disappearances.
Turns out the spooky magic of the Bermuda Triangle was just the weather! This terrifying triangular area in the North Atlantic Ocean between Miami, Puerto Rico and the island of Bermuda has been the mysterious resting place of 75 planes and hundreds of ships over the years. While some attribute all the spookiness to aliens or ghosts, it turns out that the region’s hexagonal clouds are responsible. These six-sided cloud formations create air bombs that can have winds up to 170mph, which is not so good for planes and boats. “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,” said meteorologist Randy Cerveny. Anyone up for some kite flying? Like what you see here on @Science? Make sure to click the link in our bio to learn more interesting stuff from Guff! Photo cred: Funny Junk #Science #Meteorology #Weather #Storms #BermudaTriangle #Miami #PuertoRico #Bermuda #BestOf
As to why debris of sinking ships and bodies of victims aren’t found, the Puerto Rico Trench, which is 8,648 meters deep can render it impossible to find sank ships. The Gulf Stream which passes through it has powerful currents and acts as a river, quickly washing away anything left behind. This is according to Alltime Conspiracies. You can check out the video below.
The explanation serves to eliminate the Atlantis hypothesis, which suggests that the underwater city may have powerful technologies buried with it that can affect ships and airplanes. It also brings to question the extraterrestrials and American military base conspiracy theories. It is, however, important to point out that there has been no conclusive evidence explaining the strange occurrences in the Bermuda Triangle.
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