Can anyone tell me some facts regarding the Bermuda Triangle?

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hnystrom eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The so-called "Bermuda Triangle" is an area of the Atlantic Ocean off the island of Bermuda where there are more mysterious disappearances of ships and planes than anywhere else.  Some psuedo-scientists try to allege that this is because of some phenomenon such as flying saucers snatching them up or some kind of dimentional portal.

If we try to measure whether ships and planes are more likely to disappear in the BT than anywhere else on Earth we get disappointing results.  In many other areas the chance of disappearance is the same.  If we base this on the number of actual disappearances areas such as the Pacific Northwest are more likely to see planes disappear than over the BT.  No one talks about an "Idaho Triangle".  In another experiment scientists picked an area of the Atlantic Ocean of the coast od Spain about the same size as the BT and counted just as many mysterious disappearances.  There is nothing special about the BT.  Alas it is only a bit of folk-lore that was created in 1964 in an article in Argosy, a men's magazine.

The Wikipedia article cited below contains several references including the book by Larry Kutche, a U of Arizona scientist who debunked the myths.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are many myths regarding the Bermuda Triangle. There has been a great deal of unexplained phenomena that has occurred, such as ships and airplanes mysteriously disappearing.

The first known Bermuda Triangle documentation was written by Christopher Columbus in 1492 while traveling through this area. He wrote that he and his crew had seen mysterious dancing lights and flames in the horizon. He also recorded strange compass readings.

First of all, the Bermuda Triangle covers a very large area, over 932,000 square miles. Accidents are bound to happen and many of the strange disappearances are thought to have actually occurred outside of the Bermuda Triangle. This area is also a hot spot for storms, such as hurricanes. There are very rapid temperature variations that quickly change the weather. Vessels are not expecting this weather and quickly perish.

dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Bermuda Triangle is an area in the Atlantic ocean that spans from Miami, Fl. to San Juan, Puerto Rico to the island of Bermuda. This area of the sea has claimed more than 75 airplanes and 2,000 ships in the last century. Planes and ships disappear without a trace. The area is quite mysterious.

Christopher Columbus  wrote about the triangle back in 1492 and since then strange things have continued to happen. Pilots that do make it through the triangle report phenomena that influence the controls on the planes, some pilots report lapses in time and being thrown off course.

Many theories as to why these things happen have been advanced over the years. Some believe an extraterrestrial source is responsible for the events. Others believe a unique, unexplainable gravitational force is responsible.   

ako6777 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Bermuda Triangle also known as the Devil's Triangle is a triangular section of ocean off the coast of Florida.  This area is known for its high incidences of unexplained ship and aircraft loss.

The most famous US Navy losses in the Bermuda Triangle are the USS Cyclops in 1918 and Flight 19 in 1945. No physical traces of the ship or plane have ever been found. Many people believe that the deaths within the Bermuda Triangle are due to navigational and human errors. Other reasons include the Gulf Stream and rouge waves.

krishna-agrawala | Student

Bermuda Triangle is an area of sea off the southeastern coast of Florida, U.S.A., covering  nearly 1,140,000 square kilometres, formed by an imaginary line drawn from a point near Melbourne, Florida, to Bermuda to Puerto Rico and back to Florida. This area has some kind of mystery attached to it because of disappearance of many ships and aeroplanes have disappeared while crossing this area. Since 1854, more than 50 ships and aircraft have vanished in or near the area, without leaving much trace of what happened to these crafts or their passengers. However it must be pointed out that currently Commercial and military craft cross this area safely every day.

Some scientists believe the disappearances of the ships and aircrafts over this area was because of violent, unexpected storms or downward air currents destroyed that ships and planes, and their wreakage  may then have swept far from where the craft disappeared by swift ocean currents .

revolution | Student

The supposed "Bermuda Triangle", known also as the "Devil's Triangle", is situated in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean, where huge number of aircrafts and vessels, along with its occupants, suddenly vanished into thin air. Some supernaturalists even say that the crew members were abducted by UFOs, which is of course debunked. There is also reports of absurd readings in compasses. Some even predicted that pirates might have taken them away as hostages and later killed them. There is also many hurricane alerts and abrupt changes to climatic conditions, like huge drastic drop in temperature leading to change in weather. Some thought it was due to human error that cause this mess.