It is one of the most mysterious places on earth and, without a doubt, one of the most dangerous. The Bermuda Triangle is located in an area between Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Florida (USA) and is famous for the many boats and planes that have disappeared there in recent years. With so many bewildering disappearances, the region is the subject of a real myth around the world.
Among the possible explanations that have emerged over time, some suggest paranormal activity, electromagnetic interference blurring the compass, bad weather, or even large underwater methane fields. There is also a theory that ascribes these mysterious events to the Gulf Stream, a warm ocean current that flows east to west across the North Atlantic. But meteorologists now believe they have solved this centuries-old puzzle.
The myth of the mysterious disappearance around the Bermuda Triangle
The Bermuda Triangle myth has existed for a long time, but it wasn’t until 1945 that it became known worldwide. That year, five US Navy bomber planes had mysteriously disappeared in the triangle. A rescue plane sent to help them suffered the same fate. The term “Bermuda Triangle” was invented in 1964 by the writer Vincent Gaddis.
Note that Bermuda was also called “the island of the demon” by the Spanish. Other mysterious disappearances are that of the USS Cyclops. This American Navy coalman disappeared in 1918 with 309 people on board, making it the deadliest catastrophe in US Navy history (except in combat) to this day.
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As our colleagues at BigThink recall, no fewer than 75 planes and several hundred boats collapsed in the Bermuda Triangle. Is this area cursed? In any case, a new theory has just emerged to explain the mysterious disappearance.
This comes from a team of meteorologists and suggests that the phenomenon is the result of some activity in nature, more precisely clouds. When examining satellite imagery from NASA, the scientists observed the presence of hexagonal clouds of various sizes that were scattered across the area.
Waves over 13 meters
It turns out that these unusual cloud formations are real air bombs that can cause gusts of wind that can exceed 270 km / h. With their diameter generally between 32 and 89 km, the hexagonal clouds of the Bermuda Triangles could easily generate waves of more than 13 meters. Worse, their straight edges would make them difficult to see. “Most of the time, clouds are random in their distribution,” said Dr. Steve Miller of Colorado State University told Science Channel’s What on Earth.
“Those hexagonal shapes over the ocean are actually air bombs. They are formed by so-called microbursts, which are currents of air that descend from the base of a cloud and, when hitting the ocean, create waves that can sometimes be massive. When they start interacting with each other. Added meteorologist Randy Cerveny. Of course, this is just a simple hypothesis like so many others. More studies are needed to possibly confirm this.
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