A triangular area of the Atlantic whose apices are Bermuda, Miami, and the Lesser Antilles. Reputed to be the site of numerous mysterious disappearances of planes and ships.
ships and airplanes seem to disappear more often here than in other parts of the ocean
imaginary area located off the south eastern Atlantic coast of U.S.
noted for a high incidence of unexplained losses of ships, etc.
apexes of the triangle are generally accepted to be Bermuda, Miami , Fla. , and San Juan , Puerto Rico .
In the past, extensive, but futile Coast Guard searches prompted by search and rescue cases lent credence to the popular belief in the mystery and the supernatural qualities of the "Bermuda Triangle."
theories attempting to explain the disappearances have been offered throughout the history of the area.
most practical seem to be environmental and those citing human error.
majority of disappearances can be attributed to the area's unique environmental features
First, the "Devil's Triangle" is one of the two places on earth that a magnetic compass does point towards true north. It normally points towards magnetic north. The difference between the two is known as compass variation. The amount of variation changes by as much as 20 degrees as one circumnavigates the earth. If this compass variation or error is not compensated for, a navigator could find himself far off course and in deep trouble.
We know of no maps that delineate the boundaries of the Bermuda Triangle. However, there are general area maps available through the Distribution Control Department in U.S.
Of particular interest to students if mysterious happenings may be the "Aeromagnetic Charts of the U.S. Coastal Region," H.O. Series 17507, 15 sheets. Numbers 9 through 15 cover the "Bermuda Triangle."
Interest in the "Bermuda Triangle" can be traced to :-
(1) the cover article in the August 1968 Argosy, "The Spreading Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle",
(2) the answer to a letter to the editor of the January 1969 Playboy, and
(3) an article in August 4, 1968 I, "Limbo of Lost Ships", by Leslie Lieber.
Also, many newspapers carried a December 22, 1967 National Geographic Society news release which was derived largely from Vincent Gaddis' Invisible Horizons: True Mysteries of the Sea (Chilton Books, Philadelphia, 1965. OCLC# 681276) Chapter 13, "The Triangle of Death", in Mr. Gaddis' book, presents the most comprehensive account of the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle. Gaddis describes nine of the more intriguing mysteries and provides copious notes and references. Much of the chapter is reprinted from an article by Mr. Gaddis, "The Deadly Bermuda Triangle", in the February 1964 Argosy. The article elicited a large and enthusiastic response from the magazine's readers. Perhaps the most interesting letter, which appeared in the May 1964 Argosy's "Back Talk" section, recounts a mysterious and frightening incident in an aircraft flying over the area in 1944.