Skip to comments.How Brilliant Computer Scientists Solved the Bermuda Triangle Mystery
Posted on 08/06/2010 10:38:07 PM PDT by smokingfrog
According to two research scientists the mystery of vanished ships and airplanes in the region dubbed "The Bermuda Triangle" has been solved.
Step aside outer space aliens, time anomalies, submerged giant Atlantean pyramids and bizarre meteorological phenomena ... the "Triangle" simply suffers from an acute case of gas.
Natural gasthe kind that heats ovens and boils waterspecifically methane, is the culprit behind the mysterious disappearances and loss of water and air craft.
The evidence for this astounding new insight into a mystery that's bedeviled the world is laid out in a research paper published in the American Journal of Physics.
Professor Joseph Monaghan researched the hypothesis with honor student David May at the Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
The two hypothesized that large methane bubbles rising from the ocean floor might account for many, if not all, of the mysterious disappearances of ships and aircraft at specific locales around the world.
Researcher Ivan T. Sanderson identified these mystery areas during the 1960s. Sanderson described the actual shape of these regions as more like a lozenge rather than a triangle. Some of the more famous spots include an area in the Sea of Japan, the North Sea, and of course the infamous "Bermuda (or Devil's) Triangle."
Oceanographic surveyors of the sea floor in the area of the Bermuda Triangle and the North Sea region between continental Europe and Great Britain have discovered significant quantities of methane hydrates and older eruption sites.
Because of the correlations and existing data, the two envisioned what would happen when gigantic methane bubbles explode from natural fissures on the seafloor.
The methanenormally frozen at great pressure as gas hydrates embedded within subterranean rockcan become dislodged and transform into gaseous bubbles expanding geometrically as they explode upwards.
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Next: drilling the Bermuda Triangle to get natural gas?
Just tap Michael Moore and Al Gore
>> methane bubbles rising from the ocean floor
Maybe we can now call it the “British Petroleum Triangle”
As long as it’s not BP doing the drilling.
They Discovered It Has 3 Sides.
swimming cows farting? LOL
Not a new theory. Been hearing about this for several years.
IMHO, probably true.
It would explain sinking ships. Planes falling from the sky. Mysterious clouds. Pretty much all of it.
According to the media, this only happens with blown out oil wells, and is caused only by Man. Furthermore, they say this will end all life on Earth. Since this has been happening in the ocean for millions of years, why are we still here?
Burmuda Triangle Mystery solved, THERE WAS NEVER A MYSTERY OR ANYTHING UNUSUAL HAPPENING.
My favorite insight from this author, was that the insurance rates are normal for that area, that was damning evidence.
Lawrence David Kusche, a research librarian from Arizona State University and author of The Bermuda Triangle Mystery: Solved (1975) argued that many claims of Gaddis and subsequent writers were often exaggerated, dubious or unverifiable. Kusche’s research revealed a number of inaccuracies and inconsistencies between Berlitz’s accounts and statements from eyewitnesses, participants, and others involved in the initial incidents. Kusche noted cases where pertinent information went unreported, such as the disappearance of round-the-world yachtsman Donald Crowhurst, which Berlitz had presented as a mystery, despite clear evidence to the contrary. Another example was the ore-carrier recounted by Berlitz as lost without trace three days out of an Atlantic port when it had been lost three days out of a port with the same name in the Pacific Ocean. Kusche also argued that a large percentage of the incidents that sparked allegations of the Triangle’s mysterious influence actually occurred well outside it. Often his research was simple: he would review period newspapers of the dates of reported incidents and find reports on possibly relevant events like unusual weather, that were never mentioned in the disappearance stories.
Kusche concluded that:
The number of ships and aircraft reported missing in the area was not significantly greater, proportionally speaking, than in any other part of the ocean.
In an area frequented by tropical storms, the number of disappearances that did occur were, for the most part, neither disproportionate, unlikely, nor mysterious; furthermore, Berlitz and other writers would often fail to mention such storms.
The numbers themselves had been exaggerated by sloppy research. A boat’s disappearance, for example, would be reported, but its eventual (if belated) return to port may not have been.
Some disappearances had, in fact, never happened. One plane crash was said to have taken place in 1937 off Daytona Beach, Florida, in front of hundreds of witnesses; a check of the local papers revealed nothing.
The legend of the Bermuda Triangle is a manufactured mystery, perpetuated by writers who either purposely or unknowingly made use of misconceptions, faulty reasoning, and sensationalism.
When the UK Channel 4 television program “The Bermuda Triangle” (c. 1992) was being produced by John Simmons of Geofilms for the Equinox series, the marine insurer Lloyd’s of London was asked if an unusually large number of ships had sunk in the Bermuda Triangle area. Lloyd’s of London determined that large numbers of ships had not sunk there.
United States Coast Guard records confirm their conclusion. In fact, the number of supposed disappearances is relatively insignificant considering the number of ships and aircraft that pass through on a regular basis.
The Coast Guard is also officially skeptical of the Triangle, noting that they collect and publish, through their inquiries, much documentation contradicting many of the incidents written about by the Triangle authors. In one such incident involving the 1972 explosion and sinking of the tanker SS V. A. Fogg in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard photographed the wreck and recovered several bodies, in contrast with one Triangle author’s claim that all the bodies had vanished, with the exception of the captain, who was found sitting in his cabin at his desk, clutching a coffee cup.
The NOVA/Horizon episode The Case of the Bermuda Triangle, aired on June 27, 1976, was highly critical, stating that “When we’ve gone back to the original sources or the people involved, the mystery evaporates. Science does not have to answer questions about the Triangle because those questions are not valid in the first place... Ships and planes behave in the Triangle the same way they behave everywhere else in the world.”
David Kusche pointed out a common problem with many of the Bermuda Triangle stories and theories: “Say I claim that a parrot has been kidnapped to teach aliens human language and I challenge you to prove that is not true. You can even use Einstein’s Theory of Relativity if you like. There is simply no way to prove such a claim untrue. The burden of proof should be on the people who make these statements, to show where they got their information from, to see if their conclusions and interpretations are valid, and if they have left anything out.”
Skeptical researchers, such as Ernest Taves and Barry Singer, have noted how mysteries and the paranormal are very popular and profitable. This has led to the production of vast amounts of material on topics such as the Bermuda Triangle. They were able to show that some of the pro-paranormal material is often misleading or inaccurate, but its producers continue to market it. Accordingly, they have claimed that the market is biased in favor of books, TV specials, and other media that support the Triangle mystery, and against well-researched material if it espouses a skeptical viewpoint.
Finally, if the Triangle is assumed to cross land, such as parts of Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, or Bermuda itself, there is no evidence for the disappearance of any land-based vehicles or persons. The city of Freeport, located inside the Triangle, operates a major shipyard and an airport that handles 50,000 flights annually and is visited by over a million tourists a year.”””””
I don’t think this theory hols water...
This theory is decades old.
holds ^. Oops...
Drill baby, drill.
A stream of bubbles from beneath a ship might be expected to upset the ship, but a bubble large enough to fly intact into the air and strike an aircraft enough to jar it would also generate pretty awesome concentric waves coming out I’d think. If anyone still wonders about it, why not put a satellite or buoys there to watch the water.
Oh, the huge manateefarts!
Well, the article stated that there was evidence aplenty in the sea floor that such eruptions had happened many times in the past.
This theory’s been around long enough I watched a program a couple years ago, where they conducted a test replicating the effect of a (relatively low) percentage rise in the proportion of methane into the air intake to an internal combustion aircraft engine.
The effect was immediate. The engine simply stopped.
A prop airplane flying into a methane cloud rising from the ocean, would simply fall like a stone into the sea.
Same thing I was going to post. I remember watching a program about this theory almost 10 years ago, and it made sense at the time that I watched it.
Some computer model certainly isn’t more “proof” to me, though.
Um, I read about this explanation over 10 years ago is some obscure science journal. Went, “well yeah, duh.”
You forgot: And it’s GW Bush’s fault...
so much for cow methane....
either way, its all methane to me.
The window of combustibility for methane is pretty narrow for concentrations in air (got that factoid from my gas company). If a bit too rich or too lean, just won’t burn. So could see how it might put out an engine.
Against that seems to stand the failure of insurance companies, who actually get and pay claims and know what has been lost and where, to notice the area as any worse risk than the rest of the ocean. Maybe those ocean fissures are very old, as in centuries if not millennia? And Mother Earth has gotten over her Bermuda burps, at least for now?
Japan is actually working on this. There is a massive deposit of methane hydrate within their territorial waters.
One problem is safely mining the hydrate without dislodging huge chunks of it. As in ENORMOUS chunks. There are other problems. But if the problems can be cracked, there are quadrillion of cubic feet of natural gas available from this source. Actual, hundreds of quadrillions of cubic feet.
PS Yes, really, as in about 300,000,000,000,000,000 cubic feet of know reserves.
I have to stand in the Loyd’s of London circle on this one. They also reported there are other areas with significant losses but all investigated and explainable. But I do believe, geologically speaking, in ocean farts.
So what risks would a methane hydrate-berg pose? Would it proceed to blanket huge areas with gaseous methane near the ground/sea surface?
The ‘eastern’ most point of the triangle sits ‘exactly’ on top of my old watering hole in Fort Lauderdale .. The Elbo Room.
After Years of serious study.. sitting on my favorite stool .. I never noticed any ‘methane bubbles’ but Did see a lot of strange happenings!
Actually, what it does is lower the density of the water (and further disrupt the surface tension), so the ship simply goes under. The underlying physics is well understood, and frankly pretty basic.
After thinking it over once more .. Whereas I never saw any of these ‘methane bubbles’ .. I gotta admit .. I May Have smelled a few!
The version of the theory I heard, wasn’t methane from “fissures”, rather that the undersea geography specific to that area within the triangle - deep mounds of shallow water sediment, on steep declines from the continental shelf down to the depths - were in effect perfect for generating the undersea equivalent of an avalanche.
The sediment, due to organic matter in the runoff it’s comprised of, sits perched at the edge of that undersea slope - saturated with methane bubbles. A suspension of sorts.
When one of the periodic “avalances” occurs, it released large amounts of methane all at once. Whatever happens to be sailing, or flying immediately above that spot at the moment it happens.
Will for all intents and purposes - vanish. All hands lost, because the water pressures involved in a ship or plane first dropping through low-density gaseous bubble saturated sea water, which then at some point immediately resumes its full density. Would be catastrophic for any humans who went through that.
IMHO the theory is sound. It’s a good explanation for the mysteries. And probably not just theoretical.
Probably happens. Just like the stories say.
Well, for one thing, if dislodged, it might melt, resulting in the same type of methane gasses rising to the surface and causing any ships over a wide area to simply sink due to the decrease in buoyancy. We’re not talking a small area, either - think square kilometers. Lots of ‘em.
Well I’ll be pull my finger..
Interesting as a theory, but if giant methane bubbles actually did sink ships caught in their updraft, there should be at least one or two cases where ships *close* to one of those bubbles noticed something odd happening, even if they weren’t directly in the line of fire.
The gas bubbles can’t aim at passing ships, so if they pop up randomly, there should be at least as many “near misses” as “direct hits”.
The existence of methand hydrate concentrations deep in the ocean is well established, but until I hear of a report of somebody on a ship experiencing such an eruption, I’m dubious as regards their relevance to the sinking of ships.
This doesn’ explain compasses going crazy, pilots getting lost and disoriented etc.
Remember, this part of the ocean is where the Gulf Stream starts, and the waters east of Florida is where the ocean currents sharply curve from going directly west to going northeast. It is this "curve" in the ocean currents that can rile up strange waves and also cause the weather to go from calm to stormy in a very short period of time, and because of the fast weather and wave changes, small wonder why there has been a lot of mysterious airplane and ship disappearances.
Scoff. But Fester knows better.
This has been the accepted theory for about 40 years IIRC. What the hell is new about this story?
Old, old theory...
If they know where these eruption sites are, where are all the wrecks on the bottom?
Methane gas is obviously lighter than water. But is it lighter than air?
My recollection is that a natural gas leak will sink to the floor -- being heavier than air. Thus, there would be no reason whatsoever for an airplane to lose its lift.
Diamond shape -- as the red suit in cards...
(1st hit when you Google "lozenge".)