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Analysis:1. How many of these 17 disappearances seem to have actually occurred in the Bermuda Triangle?2. What do the loca...
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  1. 1. Created by Simpo PDF Creator Pro (unregistered version) http://www.simpopdf.com UFOs – Unidentified Flying Objects Ufology – is a neologism coined to describe the collective efforts of those who study reports and associated evidence of unidentified flying objects (UFOs). Ufologist – A ufo investigator is called a ufologist Ufo Sightings- Some eye witnesses to the UFOs Roswell Incident- called the Roswell UFO crash 1947 UFO Conspiracy – Worldwide UFO cover Ups and related theories Alien- An extra-terrestrial being is called an alien
  2. 2. Name: Pd. Date: The Bermuda Triangle Investigation InstructionsThe Bermuda Triangle has been the subject of many books and magazine articles. This region of the Atlantic Oceanhas an ominous reputation with the public. Yet, there have been no official government inquiries, or scientificstudies into the often repeated mysteries of this region. Why have scientists and government agencies shown solittle interest?The Bermuda Triangle is generally defined by imaginary lines that connect three points; the island of Bermuda,Miami, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto R ico. According to published reports, more than a hundred mysteriousdisappearances of ships and airplanes have occurred in the Bermuda Triangle. For example, Flight 19 was a groupof five U.S. Navy airplanes on a training mission that took off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida at about 2:00 on anafternoon in December 1945. About an hour and a half after departure, another Navy pilot heard the lead pilotradio, “I don’t know where we are. We must have got lost after that last turn.” Communication with the groupwasintermittently maintained for over three hours, until about 7 PM. The Navy has concluded that the aircraft of Flight19 had to ditch at sea, when they ran out of fuel. However, in addition to the five aircraft of Flight 19, a rescueplane sent after them was also lost at sea.In 1872, the Mary Celeste, a cargo sailing ship, was found adrift in calm seas. Although the ship was unharmed ,there was no sign of the crew or the family of the captain, who were also aboard. And in 1918 theUSS Cyclopsdisappeared with a crew of three hundred on a route from Barbados in the West Indies, northward to Norfolk,Virginia. Although it had a radio, no distress call was received; nor was wreckage ever found.In 1975, Larry Kuche wrote a book in which he attempted toshow the exact location of each disappearance. Kuchedid extensive research, using a variety of resources, such as old newspapers and U.S. Navy records. In manyinstances he was unable to locate the exact locations. But he did succeed in determining the a proximate locations pof the seventeen disappearances listed on the back of this sheet.All of these incidents were attributed to the mysterious Bermuda Triangle, inciting fear in many people. Your taskis to determine how many of these incidents could ac tually be considered a result of the curse of the BermudaTriangle.To investigate the Bermuda Triangle;1. Look on the map on page 3. Using a colored pencil, draw the boundaries of the Bermuda Triangle by making lines connecting Miami, Bermuda and San Juan, to make the target triangle. Label the Bermuda Triangle.2. Use the data on page 2 to plot the locations of 17 of the best-known disappearances on the map on page 3. Label each point with its number (1-17) according to the data on page 2.3. Thoughtfully answer the analysis questions completely. If it asks for an explanation, one word won’t do!4. Keep this sheet only as part of your reference materials. TURN IN the second sheet with the map and questions. Based on an activity developed by Thomas McGuire, Earth Science Author, Cave Creek, AZ 2009, Revised by D.L. Edwards, Strasburg, VA August 2009
  3. 3. Until recently, people who wanted to learn about the Bermuda Triangle could find no cle determinations of the arlocations of the disappearances. In writing about them, many authors characterized the locations as “near thetriangle”, “not far from the triangle”, or “in the triangle area. Most readers simply did not question these inexact ”(and generally misleading) descriptions. Disappearances Associated with the Bermuda Triangle (Italics indicate ships. Plain (Roman) text identifies aircraft.) Based on an activity developed by Thomas McGuire, Earth Science Author, Cave Creek, AZ 2009, Revised by D.L. Edwards, Strasburg, VA August 2009
  4. 4. Name:The Bermuda Triangle Date: Pd. Investigation Received: Score: Teacher use only please! The Central Atlantic Ocean Based on an activity developed by Thomas McGuire, Earth Science Author, Cave Creek, AZ 2009, Revised by D.L. Edwards, Strasburg, VA August 2009
  5. 5. Analysis:1. How many of these 17 disappearances seem to have actually occurred in the Bermuda Triangle?2. What do the locations of these disappearances suggest about the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle?3. Suggest why there have been so many disappearances in this part of the world, especially off the eastern seaboard of North America.4. Do you think that the Bermuda Triangle is truly an area of unusual danger to airplanes and ships? Support your answer with information that you learned in this activity.5. Most professional scientists think that the Bermuda Triangle is hype, not science. Why isn’t it science?6. If the Bermuda Triangle is a hoax, why is the idea of the Bermuda Triangle so popular?7. Is this an innocent deception, or could it cause real p roblems? Explain your answer.8. So, what is good science? Based on an activity developed by Thomas McGuire, Earth Science Author, Cave Creek, AZ 2009, Revised by D.L. Edwards, Strasburg, VA August 2009
  6. 6. Answer KeyThe Bermuda Triangle (Thomas McGuire, Earth science author, Cave Creek, AZ 2009) MAP: Wrap-Up Questions:1. Just one (…of the 17 disappearance is actually within the Bermuda Triangle.)2. The Bermuda Triangle as a place of danger is based on poordata.3. There is a lot of traffic in this area. This is a location of frequent hurricanes. Given so many ships and airplanesthat have traveled there, many disappearances might be expected.4. This is an opinion question, so it’s hard to discount any a nswer. In the opinion of the author: No, the datapresented here does not support the popular literature about the Bermuda Triangle.5. Valid science needs to be supported by reliable observations.6. People are interested in a good story regardless of whether or not it is true.7. People might fear travel in this region when their fear is unjustified. The legend of the Bermuda Triangle feedsinto theories that are contrary to logic and processes of science. People can accept fraudulent reporting as truthbecause they do not understand that they are being misled.8. Answers will vary, but valid science certainly includes logical analysis based upon honest and reproducibleobservations. In short, science must be honest use of data. Based on an activity developed by Thomas McGuire, Earth Science Author, Cave Creek, AZ 2009, Revised by D.L. Edwards, Strasburg, VA August 2009

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