Thursday, February 3, 2011

Mystery of the BERMUDA triangle

The infamous ‘Bermuda Triangle’ is a region located in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the two places on earth where a compass will not point to true, magnetic north. The area known as the Bermuda Triangle is one of the two places on Earth where a magnetic compass does point towards true north, a phenomenon called compass variation. Navigators must compensate the amount of variation or the craft they are on will go off course.  Over the course of several years, Bermuda Triangle has devoured so many aircrafts and ships passing through it that it has come to be called the ‘Devil’s Triangle’. Over 66 airplanes and ships passing through the Bermuda Triangle have been known to have got sucked into down forever. No information was derived about them. 

The most notorious disappearance was that of an airplane by the name ‘Flight 19’. It disappeared some 30 years ago and has not been seen since. On December 5, 1945, the training group of fliers reported eerie phenomena.  "We can't find west. Everything is wrong. We can't be sure of any direction. Everything looks strange, even the ocean."  This was reported by the leader as he communicated back to the tower. These fliers were receiving the best training in the world.  How could something so unexpected and strange happen? Twenty minutes passed, and then another flier began communicating back with the tower.  Apparently, the first flier handed his leadership and command over to this flier in midflight.  Why?  The new leader was extremely upset, as his voice was trembling and even hysterical at some points. He continues on for several minutes talking incoherently.  Finally, he speaks the last chilling words ever heard from Flight 19:  "It looks like we are entering white water ... We're completely lost." Flight 19 then disappeared forever.  Never seen nor heard from again. A search plane took off and was claimed to have disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle with Flight 19. The plane actually blew up 23 seconds after takeoff. Wreckage from Flight 19 has never been recovered.

Among the ships often listed among the mysteriously disappeared are the Mary Celeste (1872), the Marine tankership Sulphur Queen with 39 men aboard (1963), and the nuclear-powered submarine Scorpion with a crew of 99 (1968). The Mary Celeste entered the list of supposed Bermuda Triangle mysteries many decades after its odd tragedy. The ship set sail from New York to Genoa, Italy, but was found sailing unmanned some 400 miles off course, off the coast of Africa. Personal articles of the crew were found and food storage areas showed no sign of upheaval. A tattered sail and a missing lifeboat suggested the boat had encountered a storm, but the ship's log, in which information was recorded as late as nine days before the ship was found, made no mention of any kind of catastrophe.

Could there be logical explanations for everything?  Or could it really all be a bit more?  Alien abductions?  Some even wonder if the lost city of Atlantis is at the bottom of Bermuda Triangle somehow having a connection with the lost planes and ships.

Some of the popular theories:

Methane Gas in Bermuda Triangle: Methane gas trapped under the sea floor can erupt, lower the water density and cause ships to sink. Even planes flying over it, can catch fire and get completely destroyed during such gas blowout. 

Compass Variation: US Coast Guards stated that incorrect compass adjustment would have led to many ships and planes getting lost in the triangle. Were they right? 

Electronic Fog: Strange fog appears from no where and engulfs a ship or a plane. Instruments begin to malfunction, and finally the ship or the aircraft vanishes without a trace. 

Supernatural Theories: There are theories that took recourse to some supernatural events to solve the Bermuda Triangle mystery.

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