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Boffins may have solved the Bermuda Triangle

Boffins may have solved the Bermuda Triangle

Researchers in the US claim they have discovered the answer to the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.

Covering more than half-a-million square miles of ocean located between Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico, the term 'Bermuda Triangle' was first coined by writer Vincent H Gaddis in 1964.

The area is notorious for a high number of planes and ships going missing there.

In a new Science Channel documentary, meteorologists claim an unusual type of cloud in the region could be behind a number of the disappearances.

The hexagonal-shaped clouds, measuring between 30km and 75km across, can cause extremely localised high winds which, they speculate, could be the cause of some of the incidents.

"These types of hexagonal shapes over the ocean are in essence 'air bombs','' Dr Randy Cerveny of Arizona State University said.

"They're formed by what are called microbursts. They're blasts of air that come down out of the bottom of clouds and hit the ocean, and they create waves that can sometimes be massive in size once they start to interact with each other."

However, some experts have disputed the claims.

"When I look at a hexagonal cloud shape in the Bahamas, this is not the cloud signature of what a microburst looks like," NBC TV meteorologist Kevin Corriveau said.

Others have pointed out that disappearances are "relatively insignificant" given the huge number of ships and aircraft that pass through the area. (© Daily Telegraph, London)