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Could methane explain the Bermuda Triangle ?

March 14, 2016 | Comment icon 30 comments



Could a release of methane from the ocean floor sink a ship ? Image Credit: NOAA
A new discovery off the coast of Norway could help to solve the long-running Bermuda Triangle mystery.
Scientists from the Arctic University of Norway have this week revealed the existence of several underwater craters at the bottom of the Barents Sea, some measuring up to 800m across.

The researchers believe that these craters once contained extensive buildups of methane gas.

"Multiple giant craters exist on the sea floor in an area in the west-central Barents Sea... and are probably a cause of enormous blowouts of gas," the team told the Sunday Times. "The crater area is likely to represent one of the largest hot spots for shallow marine methane release in the Arctic."

The discovery's relevance to the Bermuda Triangle mystery lies in what takes place when a ship happens to be sailing above one of these methane buildups at the time it is being released.
"There is a (theory) that the Bermuda Triangle is a consequence of gas hydrates reactions," said Igor Yelstov from the Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Gas Geology and Geophysics.

"They start to actively decompose with methane ice turning into gas. It happens in an avalanche-like way, like a nuclear reaction, producing huge amounts of gas."

"That makes the ocean heat up and ships sink in its waters mixed with a huge proportion of gas."

It isn't clear however how this would account for reports of planes going missing over the region.

Source: News.com.au | Comments (30)


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Comment icon #21 Posted by Nnicolette 6 years ago
Doesnt that account for the planes too? I thought this phenomena was already discovered to stall them.
Comment icon #22 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
We have ships and planes disappearing in the Triangle. Have any subs disappeared?
Comment icon #23 Posted by danielost 6 years ago
Doesnt that account for the planes too? I thought this phenomena was already discovered to stall them. the navy planes didn't report engine problems until they ran out of gas. if they ditched at sea, or if they crashed on land where are the planes.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Torviking 6 years ago
This is a years old theory and seems to me the most logical.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Torviking 6 years ago
This is a years old theory and seems to me the most logical.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Nnicolette 6 years ago
the navy planes didn't report engine problems until they ran out of gas. if they ditched at sea, or if they crashed on land where are the planes. What navy planes? Are you inferring that only one set of planes was lost in th triangle and that they reported the problem ahead? And yes it would sink a ship silly, and it would also be sudden, unexpected and possibly without a trace. Think about what happens if a giant bubble comes up beneath the ship. It could be sucked straight to the bottom. Also im pretty sure this was already discovered to have been what stalled a plane and was why they first ... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by danielost 6 years ago
What navy planes? Are you inferring that only one set of planes was lost in th triangle and that they reported the problem ahead? And yes it would sink a ship silly, and it would also be sudden, unexpected and possibly without a trace. Think about what happens if a giant bubble comes up beneath the ship. It could be sucked straight to the bottom. Also im pretty sure this was already discovered to have been what stalled a plane and was why they first pointed toward this phenomenon being the problem like 10 years ago but i could be wrong. To answer your question though, at the bottom of the ocea... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by Hammerclaw 6 years ago
It's just an old idea cleaned up and given a new coat of paint. I read about the methane theory decades ago. https://prezi.com/lngg95f4_xuj/the-bermuda-triangle-theory/
Comment icon #29 Posted by pallidin 6 years ago
Why, if it's true, would magnetic anomalies occur?
Comment icon #30 Posted by danielost 6 years ago
I once read if methane is released in huge quantities it would reduce oxygen in the air and a plane engine could stall. Perhaps this is how some planes disappear. pilots are trained to be able to fly if their engine goes out. again the plane would be able to fly throguh the bubble of gas and restart its engine. the size of bubble needed to sink a large baot would regester on sensers around the world. and maybe kill people on nearby islands.


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