The Bermuda Triangle lies between the Cities of Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Fort Lauderdale. People, ships and aicraft have been mysteriously disappearing off the face of the earth whilst travelling inside this triangle for hundreds of years.

It is also known as the Devil's Triangle, Limbo of the Lost, Hoodoo Sea and the Twilight Zone. In this area numerous planes and ships have vanished without a trace, often in good weather or near a landing site or port. Just before disappearing, crews have often made radio contact indicating that nothing was wrong. In some rare instances, ships have been found, but with their crew or passengers missing.

The Bermuda Triangle

The myth of the mysterious triangle was first begun in an Associated Press dispatch of September 16, 1950. Reporter E.V. W. Jones wrote of "mysterious disappearances" of ships and planes between the Florida coast and Bermuda. Two years after this article appeared Fate magazine ran an article by George X. Sand about a "series of strange marine disappearances, each leaving no trace whatever, that have taken place in the past few years in a watery triangle bounded roughly by Florida, Bermuda and Puerto Rico".

However strange phenomena have been reported since Christopher Columbus's voyage to America. In 1492, shortly before making land in the West Indies, Columbus recorded in his ship's log that he and his crew had observed a large ball of fire fall into the sea and that the ship's compass was behaving erratically. On October 11, the eve of their historic landfall, Columbus and another man saw a light over the water which vanished abruptly.

Within hours land was sighted. While these incidents have been cited as the first known indications that the Bermuda Triangle is fraught with bizarre happenings, Columbus himself was not apparently disturbed by what he had seen. The ball of fire may have been a meteor, a fire on the shore, a torch in an Indian's boat or even an hallucination.

Other phenomena witnessed in the area include bright lights or balls of fire; sudden explosive red flares in the sky; and UFO sightings which are above tha national average. Airplane crew members report sudden power failures, instrument failures, and their inability to maintain altitude. In the lore of fishermen, the Bermuda Triangle is inhabited by monsters that kidnap ships.

One theory is that unusual weather conditions are responsible, other theories propose that phenomena are caused by alignments of the planets, time warps that trap ships and planes, forces emanating from the unknown ruins of Atlantis, or cosmic tractor beams sent from UFOs to kidnap ships and people.

Dr. Michael Preisinger a German historian and scuba diver has recorded the exact location and value of deviations in magnetic fields off the Bahamas coast. Scientists to whom he has shown the figures do not dismiss the possibility that they are caused by micro-wormholes. His researches have also led him to wonder whether the American AUTEC naval base on Andros Island is not-perhaps on account of these same wormholes-an "Underwater Area 51 of the Caribbean."

Deviations in the magnetic field, abrupt outpourings of fog, UFO sightings far above the national average-and much, much more. A vast amount of pure speculation has accompanied these reports, the most controversial being that the Bahamas archipelago is comprised of the mountaintops and higher areas of the lost continent of Atlantis, sunk beneath these waters millennia ago

Sceptics claim misleading information and sensationalist reporting have created a false mystery, adding that most disappearances can be attributed to bad weather, abandonment, or explainable accidents. They say that incidents that occur in the Triangle are automatically considered mysteries because of the legends. Analysis also suggests that the number of disappearances is about the expected average for the 250, 000 square miles (647, 000 sq. km) of empty ocean that form the Triangle.