(ORDO NEWS) — Almost everyone has heard about the Bermuda Triangle thanks to scary stories about it. But is it really that mysterious?
This place in the Atlantic Ocean is considered mysterious and full of secrets. It is known for a large number of disappeared aircraft and ships, but is it really so?
The Bermuda Triangle is a region of the North Atlantic Ocean bounded by the southeast coast of the United States, Bermuda, and the Greater Antilles (Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico).
The exact boundaries of the Bermuda Triangle are not official, but rather approximate. Rough estimates of the total area range between 1,300,000 and 3,900,000 square kilometers. This region has an irregular shape, but looks like a triangle.
The Bermuda Triangle does not appear on any map of the world, and the United States Board of Geographic Names does not recognize the Bermuda Triangle as an official region of the Atlantic Ocean.
Although reports of unexplained events in the region date back to the mid-19th century, the phrase “Bermuda Triangle” was not in use until 1964.
The name first appeared in print in an article in Pulp magazine by Vincent Gaddis, who used the phrase to describe a region “in which hundreds of ships and planes have vanished without a trace.”
Secrets of the Bermuda Triangle
Despite its reputation, no more ships and planes disappear in the Bermuda Triangle than anywhere else. Disappearances there occur with the same frequency as in any other comparable region of the Atlantic Ocean.
In 2013, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) conducted an exhaustive study of sea shipping lanes and determined that this place is not among the 10 most dangerous for shipping. Vessels pass through this region every day, but there are no disappearances.
The exact number of ships and planes that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle is unknown. The most common estimate is about 50 ships and 20 aircraft.
The wreckage of many ships and aircraft missing in the region has not been found. It is unknown if the disappearances at this location were the result of human error or weather events.
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