Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle Solved?

For decades the area of the North Atlantic Ocean known as the "Bermuda Triangle" or "Devil's Triangle" has both intrigued and terrified people around the world.  It's been known as a place where strange disappearances and disasters are the norm and answers have been elusive, at best.

But, all that may have changed.

Using the "mystery areas" identified by Ivan T. Sanderson in the 1960's, Professor Joseph Monaghan and honor student David May conducted their own research at the Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.  Monaghan and May believe they have come up with an answer to the mysterious disasters and disappearances of the Bermuda Triangle.

Their paper, published in the American Journal of Physics attributes the mysteries of the Triangle not to the supernatural but to gas, specifically methane gas.

The paper suggests that the methane gas, which is normally frozen at great pressure as gas hydrates embedded in subterranean rock, becomes dislodged.  It then transforms into gaseous bubbles and expands as the bubbles explode upwards.  When the bubbles reach the surface of the ocean, they rise into the air while still expanding up and out.  Any ships caught in the bubbles lose buoyancy and sink to the bottom of the ocean.  Larger bubbles that carry enough density can unexpectedly knock aircraft from the sky.

After all these years of speculation, what do you think of this possible explanation?

For more information you can read this article.

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