The mystery of the Bermuda Triangle - an area of the Atlantic Ocean notorious for the disappearance of countless aircraft and ships - has puzzled scientists, travelers, and conspiracy theorists alike for a long, long time. Now, it seems that scientists may have finally discovered the cause.
A team of researchers from the University of Colorado analyzed satellite weather images around the Bermuda Triangle and started to notice a series of strange, hexagonal cloud formations. They theorized that these clouds might act as "air bombs."
These clouds can generate freak blasts of air that routinely exceed 170 miles per hour! These types of hurricane-force winds can also create 45-foot waves in the water.
Simply put, no aircraft or ship could likely survive such a freak storm.
Clouds don't usually form straight edges, but the Bermuda Triangle seems to be an exception to this rule. This discovery has led to a flurry of new research as scientists from all over the world attempt to understand why this anomaly occurs.
While the actual area of the Bermuda Triangle is highly variable depending on who you talk to (some put one of its points all the way in Europe!), the generally accepted points of it are between Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and Florida.
Reports of disappearances in the Triangle first started back in 1945, when five American torpedo bombers and a plane sent out to find them all vanished without a trace. Since then, 75 more aircraft and several hundred ships have mysteriously vanished in this area, with the last disappearance being the SS El Faro in 2015.
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H/T: Bright Side