Have you ever wondered what people were talking about when they were discussing about random disappearances? Or where the Bermuda Triangle is even located? Did you know even the U.S. Navy has had ships disappear, along with the air force. The Bermuda Triangle is also a theme in a lot of movies. It’s kind of up to you weather you want to believe in it having weird powers of not though, because there is a lot of different information out there. This is what I found! :D

Where is the Bermuda Triangle located?

The Bermuda Triangles apexes are Miami, Florida, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Island of Bermuda. It is an imaginary area in a triangular region of the Atlantic Ocean ( Kusche ).

What are some explanations of what is happening?

Some explanations are turbulent seas, rapidly changing weather conditions, errors of inexperienced sailors and pilots (Kusche). Also a large number of pleasure boats travel the waters between Florida and the Bahamas. All too often, crossings are attempted with too small a boat, insufficient knowledge of the area's hazards, and a lack of good seamanship (“The Bermuda Triangle”). “Sudden local thunder storms and water spouts can sometimes spell disaster for mariners and air crews. Finally, the topography of the ocean floor varies from extensive shoals around the islands to some of the deepest marine trenches in the world. With the interaction of the strong currents over the many reefs the topography of the ocean bottom is in a state of flux and the development of new navigational hazards can sometimes be swift.” (The Bermuda Triangle”).

What are some of the more famous disappearances?

The most famous flight was when five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo bombers, failed to return home in December 1945. The ship probably sank in an unexpected storm, and the aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean. Another one would be the 542-foot U.S. Navy collier Cyclops, lost with all hands in 1918 (Kusche). A well known disappearance for boats is the civilian tanker SS Marine Sulphur Queen carrying bulk molten sulfur which sank in February 1963 Although the wreck of Marine Sulphur Queen has not been located, a life preserver and other floating artifacts were recovered. (“The Bermuda Triangle”).

What does the compass do?

“It has been inaccurately claimed that the Bermuda Triangle is one of the two places on earth at which a magnetic compass points towards true north. Normally a compass will point toward magnetic north. The difference between the two is known as compass variation. The amount of variation changes by as much as 60 degrees at various locations around the World. If this compass variation or error is not compensated for, navigators can find themselves far off course and in deep trouble. Although in the past this compass variation did affect the "Bermuda Triangle" region, due to fluctuations in the Earth's magnetic field this has apparently not been the case since the nineteenth century.” (“The Bermuda Triangle”).

Works Cited

  • “Bermuda Triangle.” Student Resource Center. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Student Resource Center – Gold. Web. 16 Feb. 2011.
  • Kusche, Larry. The Bermuda Triangle Mystery-Solved. New York: Harper and Row, 1975. Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1995. Debunks the legend in detail.
  • Rosenberg, Howard. "Exorcising the Devil's Triangle." Sealift 24, no. 6 (June 1974): 11-15.
Ever wonder what the Bermuda Triangle is? Or Where it is located?