Bermuda Triangle mystery almost solved?Staff writer ▼ |
Underwater craters A step closer to one of the greatest mysteries
Scientists now believe that they have come a step closer to one of the greatest mysteries of the world, Bermuda Triangle, which gulps aircraft and ships.
While the location is not close to the Bermuda Triangle, which stretches from Florida to Puerto Rico and the mid-Atlantic island of Bermuda, it is hoped that the craters are the key for explaining the bewildered phenomenon.
The craters, measured up to 800m wide and 45m deep, are believed to have been created by methane building up in sediments on the sea-floor of the gas-rich Norway coast, which then leak, "popping" through the sea bed and into the water above.
According to a scientist, the crater areas represent one of the largest hot spots for shallow marine methane release in the Arctic, which creates enormous blowouts of gas bubbles, leading to sinking of ships.
Last year, this possibility was explored by a scientist, who said that the Bermuda Triangle is a consequence of gas hydrates reactions.
He went on explaining that the reaction happens in an avalanche-like way, like a nuclear reaction, producing huge amounts of gas.
Details of the discovery will be released at the annual meeting of the European Geosciences Union next month, where experts will analyse whether these kind of bubbles could place ships in danger. ■
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