Sunday, December 23, 2007

Bermuda Triangle's Theory

As mysterious as it may seem, yes, it is no doubt one of the greatest myths ever in the world. Bermuda triangle is an unknown and uncharted boundaries of a vast area in the Atlantic Ocean. Some put its area extending into the Gulf of Mexico or as far east to the Azores Island or Portugal. Common acceptance is that it is in a triangle formed by the south Florida, the town of San Juan in Puerto Rico and the islands of Bahamas.

The first proof to point out the bizarres of the area was a logbook entry made by the famous Christopher Columbus on 11 October 1492, which described his sighting of strange dancing lights on the horizon sky and anomalous compass direction.
Despite its huge popularity and urban legends, Lawrence David Kusche wrote in 1975 challenged the belief of people. He concluded the followings: (1) number of ships and aircraft went missing was not significantly greater for the area (2) the frequency of tropical storms on that area (3) exaggerated reports (4) some disappearance had in fact, never happened, and (5) the legend of the Bermuda Triangle is a manufactured mystery.

This is contrary to those early reports of events made by many authors before it, Even the US Coast Guard is been skeptical about the existence and the truth of Bermuda Triangle. The marine insurer Lyold's of London believed the Triangle to be no more dangerous than any other area of ocean in the world.

What are the possible theories? A lot.

Theory #1: Methane hydrates presence in vast quantity on the continental shelves. An experiment carried out proved that the methane bubbles can indeed sink a scale model ship by decreasing the density of water. There is a periodic event of methane eruptions producing a frothy water that unable to provide adequate buoyancy of the ships. The methane also cause piston engine of an airplane to stall.

Theory #2: Unlike popular belief, the north Magnetic Pole is not the North Pole. The magnetic field north's end does wander so slowly that would be unnoticeable on time scale. In fact, the compass needle aligns itself to the local geomagnetic field, which can be vary in a Earth surface and time. Theory of unusual local magnetic anomalies in the area have not shown to be true.

Theory #3: Hurricanes in the past have proved to cause a number of incidents related to the Triangle. Sinking of Francisco de Bobadilla's armada in 1502 remained the first recorded account of hurricane destruction.

Theory #4: Gulf Stream is an ocean current travelling from the Gulf of Mexico, passing the Straits of Florida into the North Atlantic. Its like a river within an ocean, carrying stuff and floating objects away from its initial points.

Theory #5: Freak waves or rogue waves can appear as extreme tidal waves at random, even in a calm seas.

Theory #6: Human errors have been cause of many incients in the Triangle. Famously is the loss of V.A. Fogg tanker in 1972 due to lack of training in cleaning benzene volatile residue.

Theiry #7: War or piracy. The loss of USS Cyclops in 1918 may be attributed to submarines, but not been found in the German records.

Theory #8: Leftover technology from the lost city of Atlantis, sometimes connected to the submerged rock formation known as the Bimini Road, a limestone forming along the coast first discovered in 1968.

Theory #9: UFOs as suggested and literary made into a film by Stephen Spielberg in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which illustrates the lost of Flight 19.

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