Atlantis and The Bermuda Triangle: Science vs. Legend

The 3 Locations That Make Up The Triangle: Miami; Puerto Rico, and Bermuda
The 3 Locations That Make Up The Triangle: Miami; Puerto Rico, and Bermuda | Source

For ages upon ages the stories of the Bermuda Triangle and the Lost City of Atlantis have been told and retold and at times the stories coincide with one another, the Triangle being the area where the Lost City purportedly sank and currently rests. Fantastic theories of The Bermuda Triangle and Atlantis are aplenty, with the most common assumption being that Atlantis was a super-race civilization with magical abilities, which harnessed raw energy from a crystal used to power their ancient yet futuristic technology, and that this such technology is the cause for the confusing and dangerous circumstances that make up the hazardous conditions of the Bermuda Triangle.

This is rubbish.

There are scientific solutions that account for the strangeness of the Triangle, and even for that of supposed "evidence" of Atlantis, of which the Bimini Road I shall discuss.

Magnetic Variation and Human Error

A magnetic compass will point to magnetic north, not true north, and based on the relation of the compass to either magnetic pole, will have magnetic declination, that usually must be accounted for for approximate bearings. The basic principle is that for each degree of declination you must set the compass opposite, therefore 10 degrees of declination West will be input as 10 degrees East of zero degrees north on the compass to compensate for the declination. It is possible that either the compass used by captains or pilots was not set up correctly, or even more likely the compass's magnetic variation was altered over the course of time while traversing such a large area as The Bermuda Triangle, which compasses due naturally, and was not accounted for.

See the picture below for visible representation of declination compensation.

Declination Compensation
Declination Compensation | Source

Bimini Road: Of Natural Limestone

Although I have offered only one theory as to the occurrences of the Bermuda Triangle, it disproves the theory that Atlantis could be resting at the bottom of the sea, fuzzing up poor sailors readings of compasses with their energy crystals.

Now with modern science, we can disprove evidence that claims Atlantis did exist. The evidence I refer to of course being Bimini Road.

Bimini Road, also known as Bimini Wall, is a stone, road-like structure found in the Bahamas near Bimini Island, that is sometimes referred to as "The Road To Atlantis", supporting the theory that it is an Atlantean-made structure used possibly at one time as a port or harbor.. The fact that the Bahamas forms one of the lines of the Bermuda Triangle, and Bimini Road is in the Bahamas, only further perpetuates the theory that Atlantis truly is underneath the Triangles intimidating waves.

However, there is no scientific evidence that Bimini Road is a man-made structure, or even Atlantean-made for that matter. Quite the contrary: the formation of the stones, rectangular and irregular, has been largely dismissed as a naturally occurring geological formation. Large deposits of carbonate sediments build up and are cemented by freshwater. They then begin to erode, and are eventually broken into the rectangular formation that makes up the Bimini Road limestone "blocks", all of which is documented as naturally occurring events that have been occurring since the beginning of the Holocene.

Bimini Road Limestone Formations
Bimini Road Limestone Formations | Source

There are several other reasons aside from these brief two that both support and disprove each of these legends, and if you are interested in researching either one of them for yourself, I suggest a few books that will get you on your way, or possibly quell your curiosity. The first is Timaeus and Critias, by Plato. In Timaeus is the first accounting of Atlantis that most modern day works reference, and it will give you a good background knowledge of where the legend came from. A modern work to go to afterward would be Gateway to Atlantis: The Search for the Source of a Lost Civilization, by Andrew Collins, which gives a very-well researched look into the Lost City, as well as referencing Plato's work.

For The Bermuda Triangle, try The Bermuda Triangle Mystery Solved, by Lawrence David Kusche.

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Bail Up ! 5 years ago

Fascinating topic. I hope to learn more about the Bermuda triangles phenomenon. On our Bimini trip the captain mentioned Bimini Road and of course that peeked my interest even more.

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lone77star 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

@Taylor Lueck, I've read where strange occurrences happen outside the Bermuda Triangle with the same frequency as they happen within it. Therefore, the location holds no special significance, statistically.

Atlantis, on the other hand, may be a far more complicated story than you've portrayed here.

First off, Bimini Road is certainly made of natural beach rock, but the most famous scientist in regard to this structure, Mr. Shinn, wrote in his first article that the beach rock was oriented in multiple directions -- not just toward the open ocean, as one would expect from a natural, undisturbed formation. Other investigators found wedge stones underneath the beach rock to keep them level. The form of the overall structure is like that of a breakwater for a harbor, similar to one found in the Mediterranean, also made by humans from natural beach rock. This is not a closed book. It still could have been made by humans. More questions remain, and it's sloppy science to consider the subject closed and conclusively decided.

If you read Timaeus and Critias carefully, you find that Plato does not place Atlantis in the Bahamas. Written more than 300 years before Christ, Plato and his peers did not know the Americas existed. But in his Atlantis dialogs, Plato does mention a great continent across the Ocean (Atlantic) and that Atlantis had colonies there and in the islands there. When Atlantis supposedly subsided (~9600 BC), the location of the breakwater at Bimini was far above sea level, so if it's related to Atlantis at all, it could only have been built by descendents of its refugees.

Plato said that Atlantis stood outside the Strait of Gibraltar and faced Cadiz, Spain (Gadira). He said that it was the size of ancient Libya (coastal North Africa, excluding Egypt) and ancient Asia Minor (Turkey), combined. That's roughly 1-2x the size of Texas. That means it could've stretched from near Gibraltar to the Azores. In fact, in Critias, I believe Plato makes reference to Atlantis (perhaps the capital city) being 11 days sail from Gibraltar. Based on the speed of Columbus's 3 ships, that would place the City of Atlantis at the Azores.

Perhaps most interestingly, Plato placed Atlantis right where it is possible for Atlantis to have existed geologically. Most mountains on Earth exist on or near tectonic plate boundaries, created by subduction or crustal compression from plate convergence. Right where Plato placed Atlantis is the Africa-Eurasia tectonic plate boundary.

During my own research, I discovered that 3 world-changing events found in the scientific literature of separate disciplines all occurred at the same time as the demise of Plato's lost island. One of them can only have occurred from the tectonic collapse of a large plot of land somewhere in the oceans of Earth. The coinciding date makes Atlantis the likeliest suspect.

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