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The Bermuda Triangle Debunked

In the North Atlantic Ocean between Miami, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda, there lies a region known as the Bermuda Triangle, an area known for many strange disappearances of aircrafts and ships, like Flight 19 for example. On December 5th, 1945, Flight 19 was supposed to complete a routine training mission that would have lasted three hours, but the crew never returned. This is one of the many mysteries surrounding the Bermuda Triangle that caused the rise in conspiracy theories, like the involvement of extraterrestrial beings or even of the fictional lost city of Atlantis. Despite all these stories trying to solve the Bermuda Triangle disappearances, there are different and perhaps more reasonable explanations. 

One potential cause of the disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle are rogue waves. Rogue waves are described as “walls of water” that are large and unpredictable. Simon Boxall, an oceanographer from the University of Southampton in England, said that these waves can happen “anywhere you get multiple storms coming together”. To illustrate how rogue waves could have influenced the sinking of ships in the Bermuda Triangle, engineers in the University of Southampton created a simulation in which ship models were hit by waves in a wave tank. The results of the simulation showed that the waves could actually sink a ship. 

Another factor that possibly plays into the disappearances is as simple as human error. For example, Boxall said that Flight 19, as mentioned before, had probably vanished because the crew had gotten lost and had run out of fuel. Along with that, many of the disappearances could be linked with people who are inexperienced when it comes to sailing. For example in 2016, 82 percent of accidents in the Bermuda Triangle were because of this. 

All in all, there are many possible solutions to the puzzles of the Bermuda Triangle. Whether it’s due to rogue waves or human error, the disappearances certainly weren’t caused by aliens or Atlantis. There also isn’t much evidence to prove that the Bermuda Triangle is more dangerous than other regions of the ocean, or that more accidents happen there. It’s just an ordinary stretch of the ocean that happened to attract a negative reputation. 

By Jelena Mandic

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