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The Bermuda Triangle lies vaguely east of Florida. Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and Miami are said to be the "points" of this legendary triangle. However, the U.S. government denies the existence of these borders. Many "phenomena" enthusiasts claim that the triangle is not truly a triangle but a general area of water found east and southeast of North America. In any event, the geography of the area is awe-inspiring and deeply misunderstood.

The humid subtropical climate of the region brings with it heavy rainfall and high temperatures. An annual rainfall in excess of 60 inches (152 cm) can be expected. Though much this rainfall is mostly spread evenly through the year, hurricanes and harsh thunderstorms occasionally drop 10 inches of rain within hours. This area is well known by geographers for the sudden nature of its storms. There have been many reports of complete whiteouts being formed in seconds. Waterspouts and extremely strong winds are dangerous elements that often accompany these storms.

The topography of the ocean floor bottom is surprising to many that sail the area. It is commonly believed that this whole area is very shallow. This is true near to the Florida coastline, but as the North Atlantic Continental Shelf breaks off only miles away, depths quickly reach as low as 12,000 feet. About 100 miles north of Puerto Rico is the deepest part of the Atlantic, the Puerto Rico Trench, estimated at 30,000 feet deep!

The Florida Straits within this area are approximately 5000 feet deep. While people snorkel in the water only a few hundred feet deep near the coasts of the islands and Florida and ships can be seen sunk in the clear blue waters, this area is incredibly deceptive. To this day, the ocean floor of this area has not been systematically mapped out. It is known that the ocean floor is littered with caves and varies greatly in depth. For more information on ocean topography visit The Geology World Data Center.

The ocean floor, being highly unexplored, is host to many strange phenomena. The area of "The Bermuda Triangle" is not an exception. Recently, scientists have found an anti-current matching the Gulf Stream hundreds of feet below the famous gulf current. Studies are just beginning this hidden current. However, it undoubtedly has a profound effect upon these waters. Unexplainable white "masses" are said to reside in these waters, seen only by satellite photography. This region is also one of only two places on earth that true north lines up with physical (compass) north. The other is another place of legend and tragedy on the opposite side of the earth, the Devil's Sea. A worldwide scientific project was created to study the earth's magnetism by the U.S. government. Results found no odd magnetism as claimed by many airplane pilots and ship captains. Scientists agree, however, there is much to be learned about magnetism, its properties being greatly unknown.

Finally, a fascinating area called the Sargasso Sea resides to the east of the Triangle. Sitting in the middle of the Atlantic, it houses a few small islands and masses of clumped floating seaweed. A warm water current within it swirls clockwise, affecting the weather of the area, keeping it calm and steamy. Having little wind, this area greatly affects unpowered ships. Christopher Columbus wrote in his diary of this sea. In fact, it so fooled his crew that it almost led them to mutiny. The possibility exists of never leaving this legendary sea. Another fascinating feature of this sea is its ability to draw things in from all over the Atlantic. Some even claim it to be the "catch-basin" of the Atlantic.