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Legend of the Bermuda Triangle
When Christopher Columbus first sailed to the New World, he reported that a giant ball of fire crashed into the sea (probably just a meteor). He saw a light in the distance a few weeks later. Also, he reported incorrect compass readings. Reports of unexplained disappearances didn't become significant until the early 1900s.
March 1918: USS Cyclops, a 542-ft long navy cargo ship with more than 300 men and 10,000 tons of manganese ore on board, sank somewhere between Barbados and the Chesapeake Bay. It never sent out an SOS distress call, and no wreckage was ever found...
1941: Two of the Cyclops' sister ships also vanished along the same route, and were never seen again...
DUN DUN DUN
Aliens, Atlantis Sea Monsters, time warps, reverse gravity fields, and more recently, the magnetic anomalies, water spouts, or huge eruptions of methane gas from the ocean floor, are all theories that have arisen to explain the disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle.
"Many think of the Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil's Triangle, as an "imaginary" area. The U. S. Board of Geographic Names does not recognize the Bermuda Triangle and does not maintain an official file on it. However, within this imaginary area, many real vessels and the people aboard them have seemingly disappeared without explanation.
The Bermuda Triangle is located off the Southeastern coast of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean, with its apexes in the vicinities of Bermuda, Miami, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. It covers roughly 500,000 square miles."
Theories Surrounding the
Bermuda Triangle and
The Scientific Revolution
Some believe that Bermuda Triangle is a collecting station where aliens take our people, ships, planes, and other objects back to their planet to study or possibly to save them from a Holocaust.
Death Rays from Atlantis
Another explanation could be death rays from Atlantis, a mythical underwater city. Proponents of this idea believe there are magic crystals, used to power Atlantis, that interfere with the ships' and airplanes' technology. Scuba divers have found places under the ocean that look man-made, but have not found any crystals, or even any real proof that Atlantis existed.
Methane Gas Hydrates
One scientific test has proven that the presence of vast fields of methane hydrates on the continental shelves could cause the sinking of a ship. Gas hydrates exist in deep, high pressure environments found in all the world’s oceans, including parts of the Bermuda Triangle. However, according to reports, no large releases of gas hydrates are believed to have occurred in the Bermuda Triangle for the past 15,000 years.
The Scientific Revolution
The scientific revolution was the emergence of modern science from 1550-1700, when developments in mathematics, physics, astronomy, biology, medicine, and chemistry transformed views of society and nature.
It brought about ideas such as heliocentrism, (planets revolve around a stationary sun,) inertia, and the scientific method. Many Aristotelian ideas and theories would be disproved, and Newton, Kepler, Galileo, Copernicus, and many others, would be the new revolutionary thinkers of their age.
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Famous Tragedies Cont.
The USS Cyclops (1910-1918)
December 5, 1945: Flight 19 encountered unusual phenomena and inaccurate compass readings, but the flight took place on a calm day under the supervision of an experienced pilot, Lt. Charles Carroll Taylor. What makes the disappearances even more mysterious is that in most cases the cause of the accidents were unknown. No wreckage from Flight 19 was ever found.
December 28, 1948: A Douglas DC-3 aircraft disappeared while on a flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Miami. No trace of the aircraft or the 32 people on board were ever found. The planes batteries may have been low, but since piston-engined aircraft rely upon magnetos to provide electrical power and spark to their cylinders rather than batteries, this theory is unlikely.
The Scientific Revolution also changed the theories about why the triangle was so lethal. First, the discovery of sea currents and plant life in the sea sparked a reliable theory that is still used today. The Sargasso Sea is what the water within the triangle is sometimes referred to. The surface of the sea is caked in sargassum hence the name of the sea. This plant in the ocean does not move very much because the currents move specifically to cause doldrums of sorts. This reason is more realistic and reliable then that in previous years before the Scientific Revolution.
The understanding of weather, and especially hurricanes, is another scientifically explained theory. The sinking of Francisco de Bobadilla's Spanish fleet in 1502 was the first recorded instance of a destructive hurricane. Before the revolution, it was believed that destructive weather was a punishment from God, but then scientists and philosophers realized that it was just a natural phenomenon. And because hurricanes occur very often in the Atlantic near the equator, it's not unreasonable believe that all the disappearances were due to severe weather.
Without the Scientific Revolution and its innovative thinkers, we would never have been able to hypothesize about theories surrounding the Bermuda Triangle. We wouldn't even have had the means to test the methane gas hydrates at the bottom of the ocean floor, or have tools to see aliens in the sky.
So thank you, Scientific Revolution. Not just for helping us learn more about the mysteries surrounding the Bermuda Triangle, but also for everything that modern science has brought to us today.
What else did these guys have in common, other than revolutionizing science?
really cool hair.
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