Conspiracy theory: Has the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle been solved?

The Bermuda Triangle makes you think of mystery, disappearances and death. But it can actually be explained with science. Here's how.

Conspiracy theory: Has the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle been solved?
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Conspiracy theory: Has the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle been solved?

The Bermuda Triangle is an enigmatic area shrouded in mystery: as most people know it is the scene of numerous disappearances of ships and aircraft. However, these strange disappearances have a logical, and above all geographical, explanation. Let's get into it.

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The Bermuda Triangle is a name steeped in mystery. This area of the ocean, wedged between Florida, Puerto Rico and Bermuda, is said to have been the site of numerous sunken ships and aircraft, which disappeared without a trace.

For some, these disappearances are a clear sign of extraterrestrial intervention. Others see the influence of Atlantis, a space-time distortion or supernatural magnetic fields. But do these vehicles really disappear more often in the Bermuda Triangle than in any other part of the world? Paranormal enthusiasts like to think yes; for the experts, the answer is no.

The Bermuda Triangle, the work of the paranormal?

This theory emerged in 1975, with the publication of the book The Bermuda Triangle Mystery Solved. Written by American journalist Lawrence David Kusche, the book explores the myth that more traffic inevitably leads to more accidents. This hypothesis was confirmed more recently by the Australian researcher Karl Kruszelnicki, who pointed out that the percentage of accidents occurring in this mysterious zone was the same as in the rest of the world, based on global traffic.

Another possible explanation: according to the scientists, the ocean floor is relatively rich in methane in this area. This can form huge bas bubbles under high pressure that then burst through the surface in an explosion of gas. This could poison pilots or change the density of the surrounding air, interfering with normal navigation.

However, the Bermuda Triangle remains an area full of mystery and is often the centre of the greatest conspiracy theories, so it seems difficult for people to agree on a single possible explanation, or a single theory.

More precise mapping to solve the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle

With regard to these explosions, scientists explain that they are known to have damaged oil platforms. They could therefore have been powerful enough to play a role in certain disappearances. But according to the experts, some of the mystery will remain until the ocean floor has been mapped in detail.

The last such mapping operation took place in 2014. And, despite advances in new technologies, the map only reached a 5 kilometres resolution.

We need much more to unravel the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle once and for all. As it stands, sailors and pilots, even the most seasoned, often dread passing through this cursed spot, not wanting to be the next to sink or disappear. Suffice it to say that the Bermuda Triangle will continue to fascinate and terrify us for a long time to come, especially when you consider how easily popular culture is taken by a good conspiracy theory.

Works featuring the Bermuda Triangle

Like aliens, the Bermuda Triangle fascinates the world of cinema, which has often used it to depict mystery and paranormal activity in its films. Here is a list of some of the best:

  • The Bermuda Triangle (1978), a horror film by René Cardona Jr.
  • Gulliver's Travels (2011) by Rob Letterman, a film based on the theory of a portal to another world (that of Lilliput)
  • Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) by Thor Freudenthal, in which the famous Sea of Monsters is set in the Bermuda Triangle
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2017) by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, where the Bermuda Triangle is encircled by a dark and mysterious mountain range from which no one has ever returned

This article has been adapted from Gentside Fr.

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