What is a Bermuda Triangle

Bermuda Triangle: Myth or Real Threat?

The Bermuda Triangle became known through an alleged accumulation of mysterious ship and airplane accidents. But is an above-average number of ships actually sinking in this area?

Statistics against speculation

Scientists have no clear explanation for the disasters that occurred in the Bermuda Triangle over the past few decades.

This is mainly because many of the ships that crashed or sunk in this area were never found. From a statistical point of view, however, the Bermuda Triangle is no more unsafe than other regions of the world's oceans.

But where there is no clear evidence of a "normal" sinking of a ship, there is plenty of room for sometimes ludicrous speculations. Among other things, kidnappings by aliens or dangerous force fields of the sunken continent of Atlantis are held responsible.

Thesis 1: methane gas as the cause

A serious scientific theory focuses on methane gas. Geoscientists have found that there are huge methane deposits in the Bermuda Triangle area, which could be responsible for the sudden disappearance of ships. The experts believe that methane hydrates have formed at depths of 500 to 2000 meters.

These ice-like chunks bind methane. If there are pressure or temperature changes, the lumps break open and the gas can escape. This in itself is not dangerous - unless this escape happens abruptly and in large quantities. A seaquake or tectonic shifts can trigger this.

Then when the gas rises in large quantities, it lowers the density of the water. The surface tension of the water is reduced, which means that the surface no longer supports ships. If a ship is above such a methane gas eruption, it no longer has sufficient buoyancy and begins to sink.

Thesis 2: Strong storms in the region

The regional meteorological conditions can also help to explain the occurrences. In the area of ​​the Bermuda Triangle, violent storms that are dangerous for ships occur time and again. Evidence for this is provided by stories such as that of the schooner Gloris Colita from 1940.

The schooner was found abandoned 200 miles south of the Bermuda Triangle in the Gulf of Mexico. The oars and rudder were smashed, the sails torn and the hold filled with water. In retrospect, it was found that severe storms were raging in the area at the time in question.

Thesis 3: The Gulf Stream is to blame

One of the reasons why so many myths have formed about the Bermuda Triangle is the fact that parts of the wreckage of the crashed ships are rarely found. The cause of this could be the Gulf Stream. The warm, very fast ocean current comes from the Florida Strait and then flows north along the American east coast.

Through it, the wreckage of a ship could be widely scattered or drifted away within a very short time. Later they sink to the seabed somewhere in the Atlantic and have thus disappeared for good.