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Bermuda Triangle Facts

Abhijit Naik
The mystery was also fueled by the media and more importantly, some self-proclaimed experts. Among these architects of the Bermuda triangle, one oft-heard name was that of Charles Berlitz - an expert in the field of paranormal and the author of the 1974 book titled "The Bermuda Triangle". While Vincent Gaddis coined the term 'Bermuda triangle' in 1964.
The supposedly mysterious area of the Atlantic, the Bermuda triangle or Devil's triangle has fascinated mankind since a long time. The unexplainable disappearances of aircraft and ships in this region have left even the smartest of the individuals dumbfounded. Some said it was gravity, while others said it was methane. Then there were others who put forth theories of extraterrestrials and passage to the other world in a bid to make their point.
Explanations came in plenty, but none of these were convincing enough. Furthermore, a critical evaluation of all these explanations revealed that the alleged mystery was nothing but a web of deceit woven by some self-proclaimed Bermuda triangle experts with the intention of--but of course--hogging the limelight.

Bermuda Triangle - A Mystery Starts from the Scratch

Nobody knows exactly how the Bermuda triangle mystery came into existence, but it was the Flight 19 incident which propelled it to fame. In 1945, a group of TBM Avenger Torpedo Bombers called the Flight 19 vanished from this area without any trace.
Things became even more eerie when the PBM Mariner seaplane, which went as a part of the search operation, met with the same fate. So the Flight 19 incident made the Bermuda triangle an overnight sensation and every subsequent incident added to its mysteriousness leaving the whole world bewildered.

Bermuda Triangle Theories Surface ...

... and logical explanations follow. Soon enough, everybody had some or the other explanation for the mysterious disappearances. One such explanation stressed on the abnormal gravity pattern in this region owing to which any ship or aircraft that entered the demarcated area would hit the bottom of the ocean floor and meet a watery grave.
Contrary to this explanation, several airplanes and ships pass through this region on a day-to-day basis. Had gravity been the cause of disappearances in the Bermuda triangle, none of these aircraft or ships would have made it through this region in one piece.
Yet another explanation held the methane deposits of this region responsible for the alleged disappearances. This particular explanation was based on a study at the Monash University, which was published in the American Journal of Physics.
The study stressed on the fact that this area contained large deposits of methane, which--when released from the ocean floor--surfaced in the form of gigantic bubbles and knocked down the aircraft and vessels plying through this region.
That it came from a reputed institute and was published in one of the leading magazines prompted many people to believe the theory blindly, and eventually the methane gas theory became one of the most convincing plots of the mystery of the Bermuda triangle.
It's a fact that this region has large deposits of methane, but then, there do exist areas which have even larger methane deposits; off the Carolina coast for instance. If methane was the culprit, we would have heard of at least a couple of accidents in these methane-rich areas.
And as for the size of methane bubbles surfacing from the ocean floor, these would have to be really huge to make an aircraft or vessel vanish without any trace, and that too in the span of a few minutes.
While the alien abduction theory suggests that the aliens have chosen this area to collect specimen for their research, the passage to the other world theory suggests that the missing aircraft and ships have entered some other world and continue to thrive there.
In case of the theory of extraterrestrial activities and passage to the other world, it is just one of the numerous assumptions based on our obsession of the extraterrestrial and paranormal; thanks to their overdose in popular culture.
More explanations like these came to light over the course of time, all of which had only one thing in common - an illogical conclusion.
All these explanations which were put forth as facts by the self-proclaimed experts turned out to be baseless, which wasn't really surprising as these individuals were trying to prove the existence of something that didn't exist in the very first place. Interestingly, they were largely successful in their motive.

And the Things Begin to Fall Apart

It's but obvious that adding some science-like words can make even the most incredulous statement seem like a scientifically acknowledged concept.
The mystery of the Bermuda triangle is by far the best example of this, with words like gravity, methane, and extra-terrestrial creating an aura of mysteriousness around an area which is as normal as any other part of the vast ocean.
One needs to understand the fact that the demarcated area lies in the tropical region and happens to be a convergence zone for the jet streams, easterlies, and the gulf stream. As a convergence zone, the area is vulnerable to frequent storms, some of which are powerful enough to damage a ship and sink it.

Disappearances That Never Took Place

Even though one is bound to be bewildered by the large number of accidents that take place in this region, further investigations reveal that several accidents which took place elsewhere somehow make it to the list of Bermuda triangle accidents over the course of time.
Not just that, even those ships which never sailed, or the aircraft which never took off, seem to find a place in this list.

One of the best examples of this would be the disappearance of 'Mary Celeste', a vessel which was thought to have disappeared in the Bermuda triangle in 1872, but was eventually found abandoned off the Portugal coast.
In his book titled "The Bermuda Triangle Mystery - Solved", American author Larry Kusche dissects some of the most popular disappearances of this region and shows how all of these were cock-and-bull stories. It's worth noting that Kusche himself has been a commercial pilot and flight instructor.

As for the Flight 19 ...

... incident, it was a group of trainee pilots on a routine training. The basic norm of fighter plane formations is that the leader guides the way and coordinates with the other members. In case of Flight 19, the leader himself lost his way as a result of a technical snag and the entire group lost the coordination.
The lack of coordination and bad weather, which isn't really a rare occurrence in this region, caused these planes to hover into the sky until their fuel was over and eventually meet their death.
The aircraft which went as a part of the search operation had a history of technical problems and therefore, its crash landing into the ocean had nothing mysterious attached to it. To add to that, it's virtually impossible to find anything that is lost in the vast ocean, which explains why the remains of these aircraft were never recovered.
As you have a critical look at each of the explanations, it becomes pretty evident that the alleged Bermuda triangle mystery was nothing but a deceit; the brainchild of people who were hungry for publicity and some who were gullible enough to go by the belief that the entire phenomenon had something mysterious about it.
The popularity of this region has soared considerably over the last few decades, which can be attributed to the fact that most of us have a tendency of blindly believing in thing