The Bermuda Triangle is a region of 440,000 square miles. It is within the boundaries of the Atlantic Ocean. The corners of the Triangle are at the southern Virginia Coast, the Bermuda Islands and the Florida Keys. Some say it is in different places. Others say it is a rectangle! It is unclear where the boundaries should be. The Bermuda Triangle has some of the deepest trenches in the world, which can sink ships with their whirlpools. Speaking of whirlpools, the Sargasso Sea is like a big whirlpool, and is said to have many disappearances just like the Bermuda Triangle. Some of the Sargasso Sea (which is in the Atlantic Ocean close to Bermuda) flows into the Triangle. It is located somewhere along the coast of North America. It has caused problems for sailors because it has little wind. This sea has less rain, clouds and wind than the rest of the Atlantic Ocean. Nine other areas are the same as the Triangle in shape and location (near the Equator). Disappearances occur in these places, also. Some of them are very busy waterways like the Bermuda Triangle. One of these locations is in Japan, and another between the Azores and Iceland. Some think the Bermuda Triangle might have once housed Atlantis.
Because the Bermuda Triangle covers a large area, there are a lot of opportunities for different things to occur, such as different landforms at the bottom of the ocean, and different kinds of waves. The current is very strong in the Bermuda Triangle. There are sometimes tidal waves caused by earthquakes. There are also freak waves. Freak waves are huge waves that happen without warning. Some freak waves can be 100 feet tall, and can easily sink many kinds of ships. The disappearances may have been caused by a waterspout. Waterspouts are tornadoes that touch down on water and cause huge water cyclones that can be hazardous to planes and ships. There is a lot of quicksand at the bottom of the ocean. There may be enough to swallow up medium-sized ships. There are also limestone mountains at the bottom of the ocean in the Bermuda Triangle. These limestone mountains have many caves, where ships and planes might go if they sank or crashed. This could be why some ships and planes that have been lost in the Bermuda Triangle are never found. However, while scuba divers explored some of these caves, they found only one small fishing boat.
The Bermuda Triangle is one of the great mysteries of the world. Many ships and planes have mysteriously disappeared in this area for hundreds of years. To find the Bermuda Triangle, start at Norfolk, Virginia, go west to the Bermuda Islands, south to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and then east to Miami, Florida. That area is known as the Bermuda Triangle.