The Bermuda Triangle has been said to have claimed numerous ships and aircraft over the years, and everything from aliens to remnants from the lost island of Atlantis have been fingered as the culprits.
But now Norwegian scientists think they might know the secret that lies beneath the area, which is located between Florida, Bermuda and Puerto Rico in the Atlantic Ocean.
Researchers at the Arctic University of Norway believe that underwater bubble explosions could be behind the mystery that has confounded scientists for years.
The researchers told the Sunday Times that large craters on the ocean floor off the coast of Norway may have been created by underwater methane explosions, one of the many theories that has been presented for the disappearance of ships within the Bermuda Triangle.
“Multiple giant craters exist on the sea floor in an area in the west-central Barents sea… and are probably a cause of enormous blowouts of gas,” the researchers told the Sunday Times. “The crater area is likely to represent one of the largest hotspots for shallow marine methane release in the Arctic.”
These craters are nearly a kilometre wide and some 50 metres deep and researchers think they may have been created by the accumulation of oil and gas leaks under the sea floor that eventually burst. Details of their theory will be presented next month at the annual gathering of the European Geosciences Union, where scientists will discuss whether these underwater explosions could be strong enough to sink ships.
If they are, that could go a long way in proving that Bermuda Triangle disappearances are the result of methane explosions rather than some of the more far-flung explanations that have been floated over the years.
Although there are reports that over 8,000 people have been lost in the Bermuda Triangle, the US Coast Guard does not formally recognize its existence.
“In a review of many aircraft and vessel losses in the area over the years, there has been nothing discovered that would indicate that casualties were the result of anything other than physical causes. No extraordinary factors have ever been identified,” the Coast Guard states on its website.
– From The Local