Bermuda Triangle Theories and Natural Explanations

Over the years, various of theories explaining the disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle have immerged. Bermuda Triangle facts are few and very plain and simple. Whereas there are countless theories attempting to explain disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle.

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The Bermuda Triangle Facts

The Bermuda Triangle covers about 500,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean. Its interesting how people claim that the "official" boundaries of the Bermuda Triangle are formed by Bermuda, San Juan-Puerto Rico and Miami-Florida if you consider the fact that the U.S. Board of Geographic Names does not recognize The Bermuda Triangle as an official name and doesn't keep an official file on the area. Those are the "official" boundaries. However, if you start plotting ocean disasters attributed to the Triangle, its boundaries shift all over the North Atlantic and occasionally into the Eastern Pacific and Gulf of Mexico.

The name "Bermuda Triangle" was first introduced in an article written by Vincent H. Gaddis, published in 1964 in an Argosy Magazine. Since then, a number of nicknames have immerged for the Bermuda Triangle. Among those are: Devil's Triangle, Limbo of the Lost and Hoodoo Sea.

One fact really is undeniable about the Bermuda Triangle. Over the years, numerous reports have surfaced about strange and sometimes unexplained disappearances in the Triangle. The most famous of all these disappearances, is the saga of Flight 19. A group of five Navy torpedo bombers and one search plane are said to have vanished without a trace in the area of the Triangle.

Another undeniable fact about the Triangle, is that the area has claimed over a 1000 lives in the past 100 years. Some of these are a result of human error, but there are always questions lingering What if.

The Bermuda Triangle Theories

Over the course of time, there were just too many suspicious and unexplained disappearances in that area, to not fault the area itself. To this day, there are numerous theories explaining the why and the how of the mysterious disappearances. The list includes natural storms, transportation by extraterrestrial technology, high traffic volumes (and correspondingly high accident rates), a "temporal hole", the lost city of Atlantis empire and other natural and supernatural causes. Writer Charles Berlitz was responsible for a boost in the fame of the Triangle. In 1974 his book "The Bermuda Triangle" was published and consisted of a series of recountings of mysterious disappearance of ships and planes.

It's mostly the people with a fantasy prone personality who come up with the most farfetched ideas. There are a lot of alien abduction stories going around. One of the most popular ideas is that the Bermuda Triangle is some sort of collecting station where aliens take our people, ships, planes and other objects. For what reason? One can only wonder.

There are also stories going around about another dimension, the legendary city of Atlantis, live bombs, giant whirlpools, a hole in the sky, seaquakes, tidal waves, black holes in space, underwater signalling devices to guide invaders from other planets, a reverse gravity field; Even witchcraft has been blamed.

Plenty of forums on the internet can be found where people can publish their own theories. You would be amazed by some of the stories people come up with. Overall, the theories can be categorized under three main classes: Natural Explanations, Acts of Man and Popular Theories.

The Bermuda Triangle Natural Explanations

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One of the theories supports the idea about compass variations and is mentioned in a lot of articles about the disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle. For those who are not quite familiar with the functionality of a compass; a compass pointing North, does not point to the North Pole, but rather to the North Magnetic Pole. The North Magnetic Pole is just the north end of earth's magnetic field, that's what the needle of the compass reacts to and points to. The North Magnetic Pole also wanders, it could shift for example half a degree in a year. Today, every navigator uses this knowledge to correctly plot his course, usually with help of maps where the magnetic declination is shown in map legends. The angular difference between true north and magnetic north is called the magnetic declination. Twenty or so years ago, the line of zero declination went through the Triangle. This way, sailors and pilots got a compass reading of true north instead of magnetic north. If you didn't know the difference, you could sail off course without even realizing it, which many people believe might have resulted in several if not all vanishings.

Hurricanes are also often used to explain the disappearances. Maybe not as fancy as other theories, but at least as effective. Hurricanes are very powerful storms which are yearly responsible for massive death and destruction. In the course of history, hurricanes have been responsible for thousands of lives lost and billions of dollars in damage. The first recorded destructive hurricane is linked to the sinking of Francisco de Bobadilla's Spanish fleet in 1502. One of the most powerful hurricanes in history is Hurricane Gilbert. Jamaica, severely hit by last mentioned hurricane, had to struggle with economy for at least three years.

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