Friday, July 19, 2024

Devil’s Triangle

Written By Samriddhi Soni

Nature is a vast realm which includes not just plants, animal, humans, mountains, rivers or materials within the earth but also encompasses various scientific marvels of the physical world. Besides these soulful and serene aspects, Mother nature hides in its womb many intriguing and some eerily mysterious phenomena as well.

One such awe generating geological occurrence is the Bermuda triangle. It is a mysterious triangular shaped area in the Atlantic Ocean where bizarre occurrence of ships and aircrafts going missing were a regular feature. Stretching across 500,000 miles, Bermuda triangle is a region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean bound by Florida, Puerto Rico and Bermuda.

As urban legends would have it, this region was ill fated to encounter many shipwrecks with disappearance of thousands of people. Infamous as ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic’ and as ‘Sea of Doom’ in 18th and 19th century, it is interesting to know that the name ‘Bermuda triangle’ is a fairly recent name coined in 1964 by author Vincent H. Gaddis published in Argosy magazine. William Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest,” claimed by some scholars to be based on a real-life Bermuda shipwreck, may have enhanced the area’s aura of mystery.

One of the earliest stories, around the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle goes back to Christopher Columbus’ time when he saw a flame of fire crashing into the sea in this triangle during his first voyage to the New World. While many such unpleasant happenings were being regularly recorded, the mystery of the Bermuda triangle came to the forefront again, when the US training flight called Flight-19 comprising five planes led by Lt. Charles C. Taylor met with catastrophe of compasses going out of order and was never found again. The last message received from Flight-19 was “It looks like we are entering white water… We’re completely lost.” The tale of Flight-19 became further diabolical, the mariner aircraft taking off in search of the missing flight could never be traced claiming lives of 14 Flight-19 members and 13 mariner aircraft crew. Another equally infamous tragedy occurred in March 1918 when the USS Cyclops, a 542-foot-long Navy cargo ship with over 300 men and 10,000 tons of manganese ore onboard, sank somewhere between Barbados and the Chesapeake Bay.

While many theories have been doing the rounds, from presence of aliens to giant sea monster to few others implicating the sunken city of Atlantis, further

scientific research and more logical theories, have brough to light various other geological phenomena

1. Magnetic Anomalies

Some theories suggest that unusual magnetic anomalies in the Bermuda Triangle can interfere with compass readings, leading to navigational errors. Variations in the Earth’s magnetic field might cause compasses to point towards “true north” rather than “magnetic north,” causing navigational confusion.

2. Methane Hydrates

The ocean floor in the Bermuda Triangle contains large deposits of methane hydrates. If these gases are released, they could reduce the water density, causing ships to sink rapidly. A sudden release of methane gas could potentially create bubbles that reduce buoyancy and can cause ships to capsize.

3. The Gulf Stream

The Gulf Stream, a powerful ocean current, flows through the Bermuda Triangle and can quickly carry away debris from shipwrecks or plane crashes, making it difficult to locate the wreckage.

4. Environmental Factors

The area is prone to sudden and severe weather conditions, including hurricanes and tropical storms, which can lead to shipwrecks ands plane crashes.

5. Human Error

The Bermuda Triangle is a heavily travelled region with complex navigational routes, leading to a higher potential for human error.

In conclusion, there is no single theory that solves the mystery of Bermuda triangle. Although storms and the Gulf Stream can cause navigational challenges there, maritime scientists do not recognize the Bermuda Triangle as an especially hazardous place. Neither does the U.S. Coast Guard, which says: “In a review of many aircraft and vessel losses in the area over the years, there has been nothing discovered that would indicate that casualties were the result of anything other than physical causes. No extraordinary factors have ever been identified.”

Featured Image Courtesy – Geology Science


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