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Expert ‘solves’ Bermuda Triangle mystery as he explains why it swallows up ships

The Bermuda Triangle has fascinated generations, but now one expert has explained exactly why it is they think ships go missing there.

Located in the North Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda, the zone has been the site of multiple ship disappearances, leading to all kinds of folklore and tales about what it is that has claimed the boats.

Elaborate theories trying to explain this great mystery have included the likes of whirlpools with all kinds of wild ideas thrown about in the past, but a simple answer may in fact centre around rocks.

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Nick Hutchings, a mineral prospector, explained on Channel 5 documentary Secrets of the Bermuda Triangle: “Bermuda’s basically a sea mountain – it’s an underwater volcano.

“30 million years ago, it was sticking up above sea level.

“It has now eroded away and we’re left with the top of a volcano.

“We have a few core samples, which have magnetite in them. It’s the most magnetic naturally occurring material on Earth.”

He then did an experiment, where he pulled out a bit of the rock and placed it on a flat surface before a compass was moved over it.

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The needle of the compass spins wildly because the rocks contain magnetite.

Mr Hutchins said: “You can just imagine the ancient mariners sailing past Bermuda. It would be very disconcerting.”

The US National Ocean Service is less clear, writing in 2010: "The ocean has always been a mysterious place to humans, and when foul weather or poor navigation is involved, it can be a very deadly place.

"This is true all over the world. There is no evidence that mysterious disappearances occur with any greater frequency in the Bermuda Triangle than in any other large, well-traveled area of the ocean."

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