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Bermuda Triangle: Inside the Myths and Mysteries Preserved by Unsolved Cases

Jené Liebenberg
May 30, 2021
11:40 P.M.
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There has been mystery and intrigue surrounding the area coined the Bermuda Triangle for decades, but what concrete evidence is there to prove that this portion of the ocean swallows ships and planes? 

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The Bermuda Triangle has been the source of inspiration for many Hollywood narratives, and its terrifying reputation precedes it. Ships and planes that dare to enter the area are said to disappear without a trace. 

Explanations for the disappearances stretch from alien invasion to supernatural control but most come away with one understanding, avoid the Bermuda Triangle at all cost. Let's see what science and evidence back these mysteries. 

Schematic vector map of the Bermuda Triangle. | Shutterstock

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The Bermuda Triangle is located off the coast of Florida and stretches from Miami, San Juan, Puerto Rico, to the island of Bermuda. It makes up a good piece of the North Atlantic Ocean which sees plenty of sea traffic. 

The area was coined the Bermuda Triangle after an article was published in 1964, reporting the disappearances in the area and not offering much explanation as to why ships were lost within that area. 

A ship sailing on open water. | Pixabay/ ArtTowers

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The article reported about Flight 19, which occurred 58 years ago.  Five navy planes headed out on a routine flight over the Bermuda Triangle and were never seen again. 

Two sister ships, the USS Proteus and the USS Nereus disappeared along the same route running through the Bermuda Triangle within a month of each other in 1941. 

The culmination of these missing vessels and planes started to raise suspicion, which was all realized when the 1964 article was published, and the dangerous area was given a name. 

A military plane. | Pixabay/ 27707

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In the years since the Bermuda Triangle was put on the map with a red circle of danger drawn around it, more reasonable explanations for the disappearances of the ships and planes have been raised. 

Discover magazine notes that this area sees a heavy load of traffic, where there are more ships there are more accidents. The Bermuda Triangle is also often hit with hurricanes which cause tumultuous waters, which are difficult to navigate. 

An ship carrying aircrafts. | Pixabay/ 12019

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Another explanation is related to magnetism which affects how the compasses on board the ships operate. An agonic line runs through Bermuda island, which means that geographic north and magnetic pole line up. 

Because there are usually discrepancies between the two, sailers compensate for it in their calculations. Still, when they line up on an agonic line, it becomes overcompensation, and navigation becomes a nightmare. 

A ship in stormy waters. | Pixabay/ ajs1980518

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With all the developments of modern technology and the vague explanations relying on magnetic operations, logical explanations still haven't managed to offer reasons for why ships like the USS Cyclops still are unaccounted for. 

The USS Cyclops set out toward Baltimore more than a decade ago with 309 onboard. The ship, which was larger than a football field, simply disappeared within the feared Bermuda Triangle, never to be seen again. 

While one may side with logic when considering the Bermuda Triangle, there remains an airing sense of mystery when you keep in mind the hundreds of missing planes and ships that remain unaccounted for, including the Cyclops. 

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