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The Science Behind the Bermuda Triangle

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

Although Not as Entertaining as Many Conspiracy Theories, The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle Can Be Solved Scientifically


Fourteen planes, twenty- one ships, one full of drugs. What do all these have in common? They all went into the Bermuda Triangle, but none of them came out. The Bermuda Triangle or “Devil’s Triangle” is known for its horrific weather, change in magnetic forces, and topography. Conspiracy theorist love to postulate on reasons behind the common disappearance of vessels in the Bermuda Triangle.  Some farfetched explanations even point out to the extraterrestrials or the existence of Atlantis, but due to the amount of scientific information that is available the true reasons behind the common disappearance of ships and planes in this part of the Atlantic ocean has more to do with plain old atmospheric conditions.


Ragging thunderstorms, freak waves, hurricanes, the Gulf Stream and beastly rainfall. The Bermuda Triangle is known for having abominable weather. How does all this affect boats and ships that travel through the Triangle?  When small boats or even ships travel through the Bermuda Triangle when fierce storms are brooding they might not make it through. The triangles weather patterns have made many storms with “fifty to one- hundred and eighty foot waves” (Bermuda Triangle online). People call it the “freak wave theory.” These waves are capable of sinking sizable ships. Meteorologist Peter Quinton reported that, “Thunderstorms can also generate severe electrical storms sufficient to foul up communication systems” (Exorcizing the Devils triangle online). This affects all water craft because it can easily be sunk if you don’t pay attention to the weather, and listen to the radio. “It is the small, violent thunderstorms known as meso-meteorological storms that they can’t predict since they are outside of normal weather patterns” (online). these are the storms people need to watch out for. They can swift you off your feet and not in a good way! You need to have someone on look out, because these storms don’t come through radar. This way you can prevent the storm hitting your boat with out worry.


Hurricanes have also been a frequent problem in the area. “As of November eight, 2006, there have been nine named hurricanes and only two major hurricanes” (“Winter Storm” online ). Five of these hurricanes have passed through the Bermuda Triangle causing issues for boats and traders. From August through November is the biggest trading season.  Now days most cargo is sent through mail but cargo ships are still very common. If captains aren’t cautious they could be in trouble.


The Gulf Stream play’s an important part of the Bermuda Triangle as well. “The Gulf Stream is extremely swift and turbulent waters and can quickly erase any evidence of a disaster” (“Frequently Asked Questions” online). With this unpredictable water currents it’s hard for satellites to pick up on it fast enough to warn the boats.  Not only is this difficult but you have storms in the Gulf Stream on top of it. Dr Joanne Simpson said: “These small hybrid type storm systems arise very quickly, especially over the Gulf Stream. They are several miles in diameter, last a few minutes or a few seconds and then vanish, but stir up giant waves and you have chaotic seas coming from all directions. These storms can be devastating”  (online). With these big storms only lasting a few minutes and not knowing about them, ships have no time to prepare for what’s coming at them.  Because of the speed with which these storms can evolve, it is not uncommon for pilots to get disoriented of their bearings which could result in plane crashes.


Ultimately, the rainfall has a lot of added pressure on the captains sailing thought the Bermuda Triangle. “The humid subtropical climate of the region brings with it heavy rainfall and high temperatures. An annual rainfall in excess of sixty inches can be expected” (“The Bermuda Triangle“online). With all this rainfall you need to be prepared, especially during the hurricane season, where rain can hit you like a bug on a windshield wiper. With all the rainfall you might not be able to see, causing you to go in the other direction. You would then be lost and it might take you hours to days to get back on track, depending on how long it takes you.

Weather isn’t the only problem in the Bermuda Triangle. Sailors and pilots have to worry about topography and other sorts. “It’s the deepest point in the Atlantic Ocean and probably holds many rotting ships and decaying hulks of Spanish treasure galleons” ( Rosenburg online). The Bermuda Triangle holds the most outrageous trenches in the Atlantic Ocean. Off the coast of Florida it’s only fifty feet deep and is perfect for scuba diving. If you go out only a few miles, you’ll drop off the Atlantic continental shelf, where the water depths reach  as low as 12,000 feet (“The Bermuda Triangle” online). Travel one hundred miles north of Puerto Rico and you’re in the deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean reaching 30,000 feet deep (online).  In addition to these incredibly deep trenches, there are also dangerous reefs which can rip the hull of a ship wide open. With all the topography sailors need to be careful where they travel.

Fourteen members of aircraft crew on Flight 19 were flying and practicing bomb drops for World War II. After their practice runs, they flew home.   Flight 19 disappeared. How may this have happened? An expert pilot and his thirteen crew members just vanished? I believe that Methane gas took over the plane, and took it down.

Methane hydrates can affect planes and ships. “there are vast fields of methane hydrates on the continental shelves” (“Bermuda Triangle” online). Methane are gas bubbles erupting making the water dense, no longer allowing buoyancy for the ships to stay a float (online). If a ship was to form sail around an area of methane gas, the whole ship could go down in a flash without leaving a trace.

Methane gas can sink a plane as well. “Less dense air causes planes to lose lift (online). The altimeter of the plane reads altitude, by the air. Methane is less dense than air, so the plane will read it’s going up. When in all reality it is really going down. Wither its night, foggy, or clouds the plane won’t see that it is flying down causing it to crash into the water. Another way methane gas can crash a plane is by gas getting into the engine. Planes use gasoline with oxygen. When the methane gas mixes in it stalls the engine causing it to drop into the water.  Ship captains and plane pilots have a difficult time identifying methane gas. They can prepare themselves knowing how to survive if it where to happen.  I feel that the crew of Flight 19 was not prepared to properly deal with the issues of methane gas which resulted in horrific crash in which no one survived.

As exciting as it may be to believe that aliens, UFO’s, pirates, or a lost civilization are behind the unresolved disappearance in the Bermuda Triangle, there is simply no evidence to support those wild yet entertaining theories.  The Bermuda Triangle does exist, in that something is causing these vessels to go missing, but the reality behind those disappearances have more to do with science than fiction.



Jun 29, 2011 9:00am
good idea
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