Has The Bermuda Triangle Mystery Finally Been Solved?

Posted: Mar 16 2016, 10:01am CDT | by , Updated: Mar 16 2016, 10:30pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Has the Bermuda Triangle Mystery Finally been Solved?
Credit: The Sunday Times

Methane bubbles popping beneath the seabed may be linked to the mysterious disappearances of ships and airplanes.

The Bermuda Triangle – in the western part of north Atlantic Ocean – has kept scientists baffled for many years. This part of the world is linked to the disappearance of several ships and airplanes over the years and it’s needless to say that countless people who traveled to this ocean region are never heard from or seen again.

Now, a team of researchers claim that they may have found a reason behind those unusual disappearances.

Researchers from Arctic University of Norway have discovered many giant under water craters off the coast of Norway, which are apparently created by the huge explosions of methane bubbles. And probably these bubbles popping beneath the ocean floor are causing ships to sink.

“Multiple giant craters exist on the seafloor in an area in the west-central Barents Sea… and are probably a cause of enormous blowout.” Researchers involved in the study told “The Sunday Times.”

“The crater area is likely to represent one of the largest hotspots for shallow marine methane release in the Arctic.”

The craters are massive, up to a half mile wide and 30 meters deep and these findings have triggered massive media attention around the world. Many articles on the web are claiming that the mystery of Bermuda Triangle is finally solved.

“Ships certainly could sink suddenly if the water beneath them turned to foam, which these craters – measuring up to 400m deep and 800m wide – could be capable of doing.” The Guardian reports.

According to The Week, scientists have created a radar system to produce detailed images of ocean floor which may help find what is causing these bubbles to form and blast off. And also whether these methane bubbles are the actual reason of mysterious disappearances of ships and airplanes in the past.

The Bermuda Triangle is an ocean region which connects Puerto Rico, Miami and Bermuda. The mysterious place was first mentioned in a pulp magazine’s 1964 story. Though, it is the popular culture that has attributed several incidents of airplanes downing and ships sinking to the region but it never gained any official traction. U.S. Board on Geographic Names has not even listed it as a place.

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