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| Bermuda Triangle [Hoaxes and Myths] |
Monday, 11 December 2006 - 3:14 AM SL Time
The Bermuda Triangle is a geographical area in the Atlantic Ocean famous for its supposed paranormal activities. It is roughly an equilateral triangular shape with its three corners located near the islands of Bermuda, Puerto Rico (near its capital city San Juan), and Miami, Florida.
There are many claims of paranormal activity within the triangle, especially the unexplained disappearance of ships and aircraft, or of their crews.
To take advantage of prevailing winds, ships returning to Europe during the Age of Sail would sail north to the Carolinas before turning east to cross the north Atlantic. This pattern is continued after the development of steam and internal combustion engines. This means much of the north Atlantic shipping traffic crossed and still crosses through the triangle`s area.
The swift Gulf Stream ocean current flows through the triangle after leaving the West Indies. The combination of heavy maritime traffic and tempestuous weather made it inevitable that vessels could founder in storms and be lost without a trace. Vessels still sink occasionally, but rarely without a trace.
An explanation for some of the disappearances focuses on the presence of vast fields of methane hydrates on the continental shelves. Periodic methane eruptions may produce regions of frothy water that are no longer capable of providing adequate buoyancy for ships.
If this were the case, such an area forming around a ship could cause it to sink very rapidly and without warning. Laboratory experiments carried out in the Monash University in Australia have proven that bubbles can, indeed, sink a scale model ship by decreasing the density of the water, though this would leave a smell and does not account why wreckage would not have bobbed to the surface when water density returned.
The marine insurer Lloyd`s of London has determined the `triangle` to be no more dangerous than any other area of ocean, and does not charge unusual rates for passage through the region. United States Coast Guard records confirm that the number of supposed disappearances is relatively insignificant considering the number of ships and aircraft which pass through on a regular basis.
(In picture: Pelinaion Wreck - The Greek steamer, Pelinaion, was built in 1907 and it sunk on January 16, 1939.)
Wikipedia / www.shipwreckexpo.com
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|10 Dec 2006 21:43:42 GMT Report for Abuse
I was fascinated by this as well as Roswell Incident......surely you must know about that lost US Navy planes over there...it appears they have found them....
The following article, titled 'EXPLORERS MAY HAVE FOUND LOST
SQUADRON', appeared in the Tuesday, May 21, 1991 issue of THE HERALD MAGAZINE (Provo, Utah) and was written by Associated Press Writer Richard Cole
'MIAMI (AP) -- One of the Bermuda Triangle's deepest mysteries may be solved -- high tech explorers have located what appear to be the wrecks of five Navy planes that vanished off Florida in 1945, a salvor said.
'The five TBM Avengers, four of which appear to be in excellent condition, were spotted in 750 feet of water, about 10 miles off Fort Lauderdale, said Robert Cervoni, managing director of Scientific Search Project.''It was incredible -- we were filled with excitement,' said Cervoni. 'We rushed out to the library and tried to read everything we could about the Bermuda Triangle.'
Edited By - MarkLevinson - 10 Dec 2006 21:44:23 G
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|10 Dec 2006 23:41:17 GMT Report for Abuse
I remembered watching the documentary in Discovery Channel a few years ago. They designated those five planes as Flight 19 (Avenger torpedo bombers) and planes had disappeared during the training exercise.
Theories they put forward:
(1) Flight leader Lt. Taylor had history of getting lost and he let other trainees. - Maybe he did get lost again.
(2) Methane gas produced from field of methane hydrates caused the piston engine to stall.
What ever reason, I strongly believe there are not any aliens hiding in.
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|11 Dec 2006 09:14:27 GMT Report for Abuse
|I was always mystified when I read 'The Bermuda Triangle' during my school days.
Is it really happening?
Anything spooky or mysterious, I'm all for it.