Bermuda Triangle Facts – or Fiction?
To start off, it’s not unusual for some people coming into the region on their first Caribbean holiday to ask questions about the Bermuda Triangle; as well as the mysteries surrounding it. This is inevitably a controversial area where widely differing opinions exist.
Here, we’ll try and put a basic framework on the subject.
Where is it?
However, it’s a roughly triangular area of sea running from Bermuda to Miami; from Miami to Puerto Rico then back up to Bermuda; which many people may stay very close to on a Caribbean holiday. Incidentally, it’s worth noting that most if not all of this area isn’t really in the Caribbean; though the boundaries of the triangle are often ‘blurred’ to include areas of it.
What’s the big mystery? This is where the Science begins…
For some decades, writers as well as paranormal researchers have put forward the theory; that there have been a large number of inexplicable disappearances of vessels as well as aircrafts within this triangle. The theory; as well as it’s mystery; are based upon two key assumptions: That the disappearances cannot be explained. There are more of them in the triangle than anywhere else on Earth.
Many famous cases have been documented and included in the dossiers. Theories put forward by believers in the Bermuda Triangle to explain these cases include: extra-terrestrials; geological phenomena; ancient hidden civilizations; space-time continuum anomalies; and so on. Many films, TV programmes as well as books have been produced on the subject. You can swot-up on the topic while you’re enjoying your Caribbean holiday. You may find out some fascinating facts.
Have vessels as well as aircrafts vanished in this area?
Yes; but then again, such things happen everywhere on the planet.
Why can’t scientists explain the phenomenon?
Many scientists as well as critics of the Bermuda Triangle culture criticize it from a number of perspectives:
- Ships as well as aircrafts vanish everywhere on the planet. The argument that these occurrences are much higher in the Bermuda Triangle than elsewhere; is apparently statistically suspect.
- There are logical explanations for some of the cases listed as ‘mysterious’ in the Triangle’s mythology; but these are ignored.
- The fact that; (e.g.); a ship disappeared makes the cause ‘unknown’ by definition. It will never be known unless the wreck was to be found. But it is a vast ocean; so an explanation may never be forthcoming; that isn’t a reason to attribute it to esoteric causes; as well as intervention.
- Some classic cases now incorporated into ‘Triangle lore’ actually happened a considerable distance away from the Triangle itself.
- Many of the classic cases cited as evidence happened before the advent of modern satellite navigation; as well as tracking systems.
Many conclude that there is no Triangle; as well as no mystery.
So, there’s nothing at all to it?
That must be a matter of personal judgement based upon the respective cases put forward by those who ‘believe’ in the Triangle; as well as those who do not. Many respectable researchers do find some of the cases difficult to explain; as well as believe that there is more work to be done.
Moreover, one of the few Bermuda Triangle Facts that can be confirmed is the Bermuda Triangle location. In fact; the location of the Bermuda Triangle is somewhat arbitrary as well. There are no official boundaries. However, the triangle is generally assumed to run from Bermuda; to Puerto Rico; to Miami; and back to Bermuda.
On the other hand, the educational fact that is unexplained about the Bermuda Triangle is that electro-magnetic compasses that normally point to the magnetic north pole; point to the true north pole when used inside the area of the Bermuda Triangle. This phenomena happens in only one place other than the Bermuda Triangle; the Devil’s Sea off the east coast of Asia.
With that said, the term Bermuda Triangle was in fact first used in an Argosy Magazine article; written by Vincent H. Gaddis in 1964. Since that time, a number of “nicknames” have immerged for the Bermuda Triangle; Limbo of the Lost; Hoodoo Sea; and even Devil’s Triangle; some coined in literature.
One fact is undeniable about the Bermuda Triangle
Nonetheless, there have been a number of strange; and sometimes unexplained; disappearances in the Triangle. The tale of Flight 19; a group of five Navy torpedo bombers; as well as one search plane disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle area; (perhaps!); is the most notorious of these.
However, there have been strange occurrences observed in the area of the Bermuda Triangle as well. Even as far back as the 1492 crossing of the Atlantic by Christopher Columbus; these have been recorded. Columbus documented in his logs of strange occurrences with his compass; in the area that we now consider the Bermuda Triangle.
Another fact about the Bermuda Triangle
It is undeniable is that the area of the Bermuda Triangle has claimed over 1,000 lives in the past 100 years. Without a doubt, some of these are a result of “human error” in navigating the area. However there are always suspicious or unexplained disappearances happening in the Bermuda Triangle.
Be that as it may, there is a vast array of lore surrounding the existence of the Bermuda Triangle. Some of this stems from the idea that with-in the Bermuda Triangle lies the lost city of Atlantis in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.
Nevertheless, off the coast of Bimini, there is a set of underwater steps believed to be part of that civilization. Little exploration can be done. However. this is because the Bermuda Triangle includes some of the deepest trenches in the Atlantic Ocean; much too deep to explore. I feel like this is enough education about this topic for now.
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