Why underwater craters could be to blame for some of the Bermuda Triangle's weirdness

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Apr 1, 2016, 3:32 PM EDT

It certainly doesn’t explain all the weirdness and mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, but a new discovery could put some additional science behind all those disappearing ships and planes.

According to the Daily Mail, scientists have found huge underwater craters caused by methane buildups off the coast of Norway. Once that methane builds up strong enough, it bursts from the cavities. Considering some of these craters are half a mile wide, and 150 feet deep, they could certainly have enough thrust to sink a ship with little warning. Under the right circumstances, an eruption like that could bring a ship down quickly — making it seem like it disappeared in just a matter of hours. Methane can also (again, under the right circumstances) make the air itself unstable, which could contribute to a plane crash.

So, is this the great mystery behind the Bermuda Triangle? Eh, maybe? As National Geographic notes, ships and planes disappear from the Bermuda Triangle at approximately the same rate that they do from anywhere else (the triangle itself is a massive swath of ocean), so sure, methane releases could be one of many factors that has caused ships or planes to crash there over the years. But it’s likely just one piece of the puzzle, along with weather and everything else.

Regardless, we have to admit Stephen Colbert recently said it best …


(Via Daily Mail, National Geographic)