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The Devil’s Triangle FAQ

posted: 10/12/12
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Q: What's another name for the Bermuda Triangle?

A: The Bermuda Triangle is also known as the Devil's Triangle.

Q: If you were going to draw the Bermuda Triangle on a map, where would it be?

A: The 500,000-square-mile area stretches between Puerto Rico, Miami and Bermuda.

Q: Where did the Discovery team shoot the Bermuda Triangle episode for Curiosity?

A: The site location is three miles offshore in the southwest corner of the Triangle, where many disappearances occur.

Q: What helped the team detect the objects below?

A: Sonar, which detects objects three hundred feet down.

Q: What are the most common types of boats to disappear in the Bermuda Triangle?

A: Pleasure crafts like sail boats are the most common types of boats that disappear there.

Q: What was one of the most famous disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle, and how many people vanished?

A: The USS Cyclops, a 500-foot U.S. Navy freighter, was among the most famous disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle. She vanished along with all 306 passengers and crew.

Q: Could a methane gas eruption actually sink a ship?

A: After two attempts made by the Discovery team on Curiosity, it was clear that an eruption of bubbles could not sink a boat, even with methane turbulence. Therefore, the team proved that a methane eruption is an unlikely explanation for why boats disappear in the Bermuda Triangle.

Q: What event can happen so fast that there is no time to send out a distress call?

A: Rogue waves would be such an event; the enormous waves can form suddenly in any ocean.

Q: How big can rogue waves get?

A: The biggest rogue waves reach 100 feet. They can grow up to three times the height of surrounding waves.

Q: Why do rogue waves form?

A: Rogue waves form because ocean waves are fundamentally unstable, which can cause individual waves to suck water from their neighbors and start to grow.

Q: Can rogue waves be predicted?

A: No. Rogue waves are impossible to predict.

Q: How big is the tank that was used to simulate waves in the Bermuda Triangle episode of Curiosity?

A: The test facility in Hanover, Germany is more than 1,000 feet long and produces the biggest artificial waves in the world.

Q: How are the waves in the Hanover simulator produced?

A: The monstrous waves are produced by a powerful hydraulic arm that moves a 23-foot paddle.

Q: How many aircraft have disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle?

A: Over the last seven decades, the Bermuda Triangle has claimed more than 100 aircraft.

Q: How does the lightning simulator used in the Bermuda Triangle episode of Curiosity work?

A: The lightning simulator stores up electricity from a wall socket and delivers it all at once, creating a powerful artificial lightning strike.

Q: How did the Discovery team record whether or not lighting penetrated the aircraft?

A: A camera recorded whether or not lightning penetrated the interior.

Q: In the last 10 years, how many people have lost their lives in Bermuda Triangle waters?

A: Eleven-hundred people have lost their lives in these waters, more than in any other US coastal area.

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