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The Bermuda Triangle is a mythical section of the Atlantic Ocean roughly bounded by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico where dozens of ships and airplanes have disappeared. Unexplained circumstances surround some of these accidents, including one in which the pilots of a squadron of U.S. Navy bombers became disoriented while flying over the area; the planes were never found. Other boats and planes have seemingly vanished from the area in good weather without even radioing distress messages. But although myriad fanciful theories have been proposed regarding the Bermuda Triangle, none of them prove that mysterious disappearances occur more frequently there than in other well-traveled sections of the ocean. In fact, people navigate the area every day without incident.

The area referred to as the Bermuda Triangle, or Devil's Triangle, covers about 500,000 square miles of ocean off the southeastern tip of Florida. When Christopher Columbus sailed through the area on his first voyage to the New World, he reported that a great flame of fire (probably a meteor) crashed into the sea one night and that a strange light appeared in the distance a few weeks later. He also wrote about erratic compass readings, perhaps because at that time a sliver of the Bermuda Triangle was one of the few places on Earth where true north and magnetic north lined up.

A pattern allegedly began forming in which vessels traversing the Bermuda Triangle would either disappear or be found abandoned. Then, in December 1945, five Navy bombers carrying 14 men took off from a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, airfield in order to conduct practice bombing runs over some nearby shoals. But with his compasses apparently malfunctioning, the leader of the mission, known as Flight 19, got severely lost. All five planes flew aimlessly until they ran low on fuel and were forced to ditch at sea. That same day, a rescue plane and its 13-man crew also disappeared. After a massive weeks-long search failed to turn up any evidence, the official Navy report declared that it was "as if they had flown to Mars."

In all probability, however, there is no single theory that solves the mystery. As one skeptic put it, trying to find a common cause for every Bermuda Triangle disappearance is no more logical than trying to find a common cause for every automobile accident in Arizona. Moreover, although storms, reefs and the Gulf Stream can cause navigational challenges there, maritime insurance leader Lloyd's of London does not recognize the Bermuda Triangle as an especially hazardous place. Neither does the U.S. Coast Guard, which says: "In a review of many aircraft and vessel losses in the area over the years, there has been nothing discovered that would indicate that casualties were the result of anything other than physical causes. No extraordinary factors have ever been identified."



According to the passage, what is most likely the reason of vehicular disappearances in the region surrounding the Bermuda Triangle?

A. Alignment of the true north and the magnetic north pole in the region.
B. Meteoric interference around the region that causes distress to navigation systems.
C. Malfunctioning compasses that interfere with the route and direction senses.
D. No accepted theory explains the significantly higher number of disappearances in the region.
E. The anomalies in the region are overstated and are no more in number than any other part of the world.

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The Bermuda Triangle is a mythical section of the Atlantic Ocean roughly bounded by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico where dozens of ships and airplanes have disappeared. Unexplained circumstances surround some of these accidents, including one in which the pilots of a squadron of U.S. Navy bombers became disoriented while flying over the area; the planes were never found. Other boats and planes have seemingly vanished from the area in good weather without even radioing distress messages. But although myriad fanciful theories have been proposed regarding the Bermuda Triangle, none of them prove that mysterious disappearances occur more frequently there than in other well-traveled sections of the ocean. In fact, people navigate the area every day without incident.

The area referred to as the Bermuda Triangle, or Devil's Triangle, covers about 500,000 square miles of ocean off the southeastern tip of Florida. When Christopher Columbus sailed through the area on his first voyage to the New World, he reported that a great flame of fire (probably a meteor) crashed into the sea one night and that a strange light appeared in the distance a few weeks later. He also wrote about erratic compass readings, perhaps because at that time a sliver of the Bermuda Triangle was one of the few places on Earth where true north and magnetic north lined up.

A pattern allegedly began forming in which vessels traversing the Bermuda Triangle would either disappear or be found abandoned. Then, in December 1945, five Navy bombers carrying 14 men took off from a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, airfield in order to conduct practice bombing runs over some nearby shoals. But with his compasses apparently malfunctioning, the leader of the mission, known as Flight 19, got severely lost. All five planes flew aimlessly until they ran low on fuel and were forced to ditch at sea. That same day, a rescue plane and its 13-man crew also disappeared. After a massive weeks-long search failed to turn up any evidence, the official Navy report declared that it was "as if they had flown to Mars."

In all probability, however, there is no single theory that solves the mystery. As one skeptic put it, trying to find a common cause for every Bermuda Triangle disappearance is no more logical than trying to find a common cause for every automobile accident in Arizona. Moreover, although storms, reefs and the Gulf Stream can cause navigational challenges there, maritime insurance leader Lloyd's of London does not recognize the Bermuda Triangle as an especially hazardous place. Neither does the U.S. Coast Guard, which says: "In a review of many aircraft and vessel losses in the area over the years, there has been nothing discovered that would indicate that casualties were the result of anything other than physical causes. No extraordinary factors have ever been identified."



According to the passage, what is most likely the reason of vehicular disappearances in the region surrounding the Bermuda Triangle?

A. Alignment of the true north and the magnetic north pole in the region.
B. Meteoric interference around the region that causes distress to navigation systems.
C. Malfunctioning compasses that interfere with the route and direction senses.
D. No accepted theory explains the significantly higher number of disappearances in the region.
E. The anomalies in the region are overstated and are no more in number than any other part of the world.

The author concludes by saying how the Bermuda Triangle is not as extraordinary as is made out to be. Only E reflects this answer choice. D is wrong because it claims that the number of accidents in the region are extraordinarily high.

Answer: E
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Please correct me if i'm wrong but i don't think E answers the question that has been asked. i chose C because the passage mentions that compasses malfunctioned around that area so i though we could infer option C.
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I agree : the question is what is the most likely reason for vehicle disappearance. E does not answer this question at all.
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personally, i agree with the two above views... hope someone could help to further explain this one

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In the last paragraph the author sounds as he/she demonstrates other approaches that claim the occurences could be just a coincidence, instead of his own statement as he initiates saying: "In all probability, however, there is no single theory that solves the mystery." Therefore, D (no clear explanation) seems favorable due to the author's neutral tone.
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Please remove the alphabets in front of the answer choices in the actual test.
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The question asks for the reason why there are vehicle disappearances in and around the Bermuda Triangle area, whereas the OA is stating something like this "The anomalies in the region are overstated and are no more in number than any other part of the world."
From OA we can possibly infer that why Bermuda Triangle is not different from any other region in the world, but in what way this reasoning commends for vehicle disapperances?
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