posted on Dec, 22 2004 @ 06:10 PM
The gas theory, has its up side and its down side, but it does explain a lot if it is true.
When methane is released in the ocean from a vent on a fault line or from the decomposition of dead creatures, cold water will cause it to percipitate
in the form of methane calthrate hydrates, which is basically ice with a high methane content (about 160someodd liters of methane gas per 1 liter of
solid methane calthrate hyrdrate.) It is theorized that up to 20 times the worlds known natural gas reserves are locked up in this form on the ocean
floor- thats a lot of farts and obviously enough to affect bouyancy and engine performance if suddenly released.
The release of methane from this crystal structure in large volumes would explain much of what is often contained in a B-triangle story. The foam and
mist, and oily apperance of the water would all result from increased methane content, and in severe cases a ship could capsize or even be swallowed
by a large bubble of methane under these conditions. As the methane released into the air it hypothetically could thin out oxygen content enough to
stall an engine and adversely affect humans (suffocate your poor butt into a stupor so that if you didn't die from lack of oxygen you would probably
get badly lost or crash). Pretty adverse right?
Im not familiar with ocean temperatures, so I can't tell you how likely it would be for these deposits to become unstable. They are stable up to 18
degrees celsius- 64 degrees ferentheit. It is believed that largescale releases of methane (greenhouse gas) in the past could have triggered warming
and mass extinction in the past.
Additionally, you have to consider that high traffic means higher losses, so a busy shipping lane like such as that which runs through the triangle is
bound to attract some attention for losing vessels.
There are storms and hurricanes in that region obviously. Before we had complex weather monitoring technology it was possible to lose a ship to an
offshore storm and never know what had happened to the ship. That could be the case with early disappearances.
Yet another minor contributing factor could be piracy. In places such as Indonesia and around certain poor nations in the Caribbean, piracy still does
occur. From time to time it would not be unthinkable for an ambitious band of Cubans to head a little North and make some American's yacht
Finally, and a bit stranger- I have read, although I can not find much about it online- that there is a place called Mt. Magnet in Australia, exactly
opposite the triangle on the globe. Compasses are supposed to spin at mount magnet, and some are said to theorize that it was once the magnetic south
The sum of all these factors creates a slightly above average loss rate for ships which becomes a legend with enough media attention, which breeds a
million exagerations and fraudulent stories. How many of us have ever heard a B-triangle story that didn't originate with a book written for profit
or a tabloid story?