October 11, 1492: Christopher Columbus and his crew see a candle-like light which rises and lifts up.

1918: A Navy cargo ship with 300 men and 10000 ton of manganese disappeared between Barbados and the Chesapeake Bay without sending a distress signal.

Till this date, there is no accurate explanation for this disappearance. But little did people know that this would be the first disappearance of many.

‘The Devil’s Triangle’, ‘the Triangle with Four Sides’, ‘the Limbo of the Lost’, ‘the Twilight Zone’. All of these names refer to only one place— the Bermuda Triangle. Located in the zone of Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda Island, this mysterious location is the niche of malfunctioning compasses, strange lights, evaporating transports and the Shakespearean play, The Tempest.

Twenty-three years later, the cargo ship incident happened— two of the ship’s sisters vanished on the same route. However, the real mystery stirred four years later. Five navy bombers carrying 14 men took off from Florida to conduct bomb runs and with his compasses apparently malfunctioning— the leader of the mission, known as Flight 19, became severely lost. All five planes flew aimlessly until they ran low on fuel and were forced to ditch at sea. That same day, a rescue plane and its 13-man crew also disappeared. Weeks long of search were conducted but all failed. As the news reported, they seemed to have “flown to Mars”. Since then, theories have been formulated, simultaneous with the disappearances.

Let’s just say, many paranormal writers got the break they had craved for. Theories related to aliens, sea monsters, time warps and reverse gravity flooded the media when the disappearances were frequent. However, most scientific research has pointed toward magnetic anomalies. After all, the Devil’s Triangle is one of the few places on earth where the true North Pole and the magnetic north pole line up. Some say waterspouts and huge underwater methane explosions can be a factor for the drowning of ships.

However, realists have declared it as illogical to find the common cause for the disappearances as finding a common cause of all car accidents in the world. Researchers have found no exceptional reasons other than physical causes (which seem to occur more in that area). Other than storms and powerful streams, as the Lloyd’s of London says, “the Bermuda Triangle is not an especially hazardous place.”

The mystery of the triangle has bothered the world for centuries, so have the disappearances (duh). The Bermuda Triangle kept the researchers immersed in its mysteries. The answer might not be as thrilling as the mystery itself, but it was satisfactory and accepted by most. After all, humankind would prefer simple nature over something from the supernatural. The solved mystery of Bermuda Triangle might be a simple game of science and geography, but for many years, it was indeed a curious case of wonder and the unknown.

– S. Mysha Urooj, Amity International School, Noida

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