Friday, June 28, 2013

Bermuda Triangle: the science behind the mystery

A long list of air crashes and shipwrecks show that at least something is wrong in so-called Bermuda
Triangle (in my humble opinion, his name is more marketing than literal). For worshipers lament supernatural phenomena there is a scientific theory that could explain this phenomenon: mega-submarine deposits of methane gas hydrate (yes, the same we use in our kitchen, but basically in solid state).
The Bermuda Triangle is a geographic area with an equilateral triangle about 1600 or 1800 km across, located in the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Fort Lauderdale (Florida).
It is famous because in the mid-twentieth century writers published several magazine articles about the alleged dangers of the area. However, statistics from the Coast Guard of the United States do not indicate that in this area there are more disappearances of ships and aircraft than other areas in the same traffic.
Ever since the era of sailing ships traveling to Europe continuously passed through this area to take advantage
of prevailing winds and the Gulf Stream. Then, with the development of steam engines and boats with internal combustion engines, much of the North Atlantic traffic continued crossing (and still does) through the area called "Bermuda Triangle". The Gulf Stream, an area with a very unstable time (known for its hurricanes), also passes through the Triangle after leaving the Caribbean Sea. The combination of heavy maritime traffic and tempestuous weather makes it possible for some boats put out into storms and be lost without a trace, especially before the development of telecommunications, radar and satellites in the late twentieth century.
Despite popular belief, the U.S. Coast Guard and other sources cite statistics indicating that the number of incidents involving lost ships and aircraft is no larger than elsewhere in the world just as busy. While it has been shown that many of the cases were such mysteries to analyze in detail, taking inaccuracies circulating for decades, few have no explanation yet.
What scientific theory then attempts to unravel the mystery?
An explanation of some of the disappearances points to the presence of vast fields of methane hydrates on the continental plates. In 1981, the United States Geological Survey reported the appearance of these hydrates in the Blake Ridge area. Periodic methane eruptions may produce regions of frothy water or gas giant bubbles could not give enough support to the ships. If an area is formed around such a ship, it would sink very quickly without warning. Laboratory experiments have proved that the bubbles can actually sink a scaled boat, because it lowers the density of water. Methane gas could also bring down airplanes. The thinner air would support the aircraft lost in flight.
Furthermore, the plane's altimeter (which measures the altitude) measures the density of air. Because methane is less dense, the altimeter would indicate that the aircraft is climbing. The driver traveling at night or in clouds (where you can not see the ground), would mean that the aircraft is climbing, descending and react, causing the plane to crash.
Would you believe?

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