Computer studies of ocean floors around the world, particularly the area known as The Bermuda Triangle, reveal evidence of massive methane explosions in the past. For years, believers in the paranormal, aliens, and other outlandish theories pointed to the the disappearance of ships and aircraft as an indicator of mysterious forces at work in the “Devil’s triangle.” Scientists have finally pointed the rest of us to a more plausible cause.
The presence of methane hydrates indicates enormous eruptions of methane bubbles that would swamp a ship, and projected high into the air- take out flying airplanes, as well.
Any ships caught within the methane mega-bubble immediately lose all buoyancy and sink to the bottom of the ocean. If the bubbles are big enough and possess a high enough density they can also knock aircraft out of the sky with little or no warning. Aircraft falling victim to these methane bubbles will lose their engines-perhaps igniting the methane surrounding them-and immediately lose their lift as well, ending their flights by diving into the ocean and swiftly plummeting.
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Theoretically it is possible for methane eruptions from the continental shelves, called mud volcanoes, to produce region of frothy water, which has a much lower density than calm water, and hence is not able to provide required buoyancy to ships sailing in the sea. However it is equally true that no large release of methane hydrates have occurred in the Bermuda triangle for the past 15,000 years.
Further, mud volcanoes exist all over the world. Scientific knowledge about mud volcanoes and the possibility of the possibility of ships sinking due to large scale mud volcano in the ocean is quite old.
Finally, at present time, ships and planes regular cross the area described as Bermuda Triangle. The risk of accidents or other mishaps faced by these is comparable to that faced by ships and planes operating in other areas. Thus it is quite possible that the accidents in the Bermuda triangle reported in the past, were more of just chance occurrence rather than result of some permanent feature of that area.
Those theories that you are citing have been around for at least 35 years because I remember reading about them when I was quite young.
I agree with the first post here -- there is nothing to the idea of the Bermuda Triangle. It is a myth that is left over from the days when technology was much less reliable and ships and airplanes were much more likely to dissapear mysteriously.
But the key point is that when the data is analyzed, there is no significant difference in the number of planes/ships that have disappeared in the area of the Bermuda Triangle compared to similar areas of the Atlantic. So there is nothing to "figure out"; someone just took particular notice of some things that happened there, and the legend grew.
I would agree with the above posts in that the Bermuda Triangle is probably nothing more than a myth. It does however make for interesting movies and documentaries for all of us to watch.
It has always seemed to me that the Bermuda Triangle is a series of superstitions, exaggerations, and coincidences. It's not too surprising, given the location. Haiti and other island nations nearby are prone to superstitious beliefs, and this appears to be just that--a grand superstition.
I used to be a captain of a ship. I have transited the "Bermuda Triangle" many times. I have never encountered a methane bubble. Underwater Volcanoes , Yes. Shipping lanes steer clear of them. In this age of technology, every hazard at sea is known and recorded. Ice patrols, weather routing, AMVER, AIS and VDR's make sure that all information gets unrecorded.
Due to the nature of the business, transportation of goods over sea is hazardous. There is a patch of sea near South Africa which experiences ship breaking waves and many vessels suffer severe damage and quite a few have sunk. The bay of biscay, the south china sea, the pacific have more than enough ships resting at the bottom to put the "Bermuda Triangle" to shame.
Nature's fury knows no geometric limits. The "Bermuda Triangle" is at best a myth that serves the entertainment industry well. I am yet to hear or see a methane bubble that can displace 30,000 tonnes of cold steel slicing through the water at 25 Km/Hr.
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