Scientists Believe They May Have Solved The Mystery Of The Bermuda Triangle

Strange occurrences have been happening in an area of the Atlantic ocean that has been dubbed the 'Bermuda Triangle'. The stretch of ocean lies between Bermuda, Puerto Rico and the southern tip of Florida, and a larger than normal number of ships and aircraft have reportedly disappeared within its boundaries.

For a long time, conspiracy theorists have suspected everything from extraterrestrial abductions to paranormal activity being responsible for the disappearances. Now, however, scientists think they know what is going on: waves.

Throughout the 20th century, with an increase in ship and aircraft travel, the Bermuda Triangle has intrigued people. More than 1,000 people have reportedly disappeared there in the 20th century alone.

To this day, an average of five planes per year disappear within the area. Scientists have long held that there is a rational explanation to the disappearances, but until recently, they couldn’t offer it. Now, they might have it figured out.

Researchers from the University of Southampton say that rogue waves might be responsible for the disappearances in the area. These waves can reach heights of 100 feet, and they can be powerful enough to take down a ship or low-flying aircraft. Scientists call them 'extreme storm waves'.

The research team created a model of the USS Cyclops, a large coal transport vessel that the Bermuda Triangle claimed back in 1918. The Cyclops made its way through the 'Devil's Triangle' on a return trip during World War I after providing fuel for American warships.

There were 306 crewman aboard who were never found again, and wreckage from the 542-foot vessel has never been recovered. It is the largest loss of life in U.S. Naval history for a vessel not involved in combat.

During a simulation, the model of the USS Cyclops was overcome with water and quickly taken down. A rogue wave would explain the mystery, and many others.

The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says that rogue waves are unpredictable, and can come from unexpected directions. They're more than twice the size and power of surrounding waves.

Ocean and earth scientist Dr. Simon Boxall says that the area of the Atlantic where the Bermuda Triangle is situated is perfect for rogue waves. It's a place where three massive storms coming from different directions can meet, causing such destructive waves.

“There are storms to the south and north, which come together," he said, according to the Daily Mail. "And if there are additional ones from Florida, it can be a potentially deadly formation of rogue waves. They are steep, they are high – we’ve measured waves in excess of 30 meters."

This isn't the only theory scientists have offered in an attempt to explain the disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle. Australian Scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki claims he believes that the disappearances were simply due to human error.

He says that no more planes and ships disappear in the area than anywhere else in the world, percentage-wise. It just has a lot more traffic going through it than most areas of the ocean.

“It is close to the equator, near a wealthy part of the world, America, therefore you have a lot of traffic," said Kruszelnicki.

Source: Dailymail
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