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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."



Which of these statements can be inferred from the passage?

A. Vehicles navigating around the Bermuda Triangle region are no more likely to disappear than around any other region of similar geography in the ocean.
B. Bermuda Triangle is where the true north and the magnetic north are aligned with each other.
C. Bermuda Triangle is not considered an especially hazardous place for the major insurance leaders.
D. None of the accidents in the region had involved a distress signal from the vehicles.
E. There were several documented extraordinary factors that led to many disappearances in and around the Bermuda Triangle region.

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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."



Which of these statements can be inferred from the passage?

A. Vehicles navigating around the Bermuda Triangle region are no more likely to disappear than around any other region of similar geography in the ocean.
B. Bermuda Triangle is where the true north and the magnetic north are aligned with each other.
C. Bermuda Triangle is not considered an especially hazardous place for the major insurance leaders.
D. None of the accidents in the region had involved a distress signal from the vehicles.
E. There were several documented extraordinary factors that led to many disappearances in and around the Bermuda Triangle region.

A is correct. Note that the passage states that the Bermuda Triangle does not seem to have more accidents than any other well-traveled parts of the ocean.

Answer: A
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I was confused between options A and C and incorrectly chose C. Now on reading the sentence again I get why C is incorrect - Bermuda Triangle is not considered an especially hazardous place for the major insurance leaders.
The passage suggests that " maritime insurance leader Lloyd's of London does not recognize the" Bermuda Triangle as an especially hazardous place" whereas option C suggests Bermuda triangle is not considered an especially hazardous place for the insurance leaders.
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I think this the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.
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I think this the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate.


Inference is something, that is NOT necessarily stated explicitly in the passage but and must be true in all conditions.
Check the options on these lines and you will see only option A fits the choice.

The link below should help you understand more:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/guide-to-rea ... 21112.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-infer ... fl=similar

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I was confused between options A and C and incorrectly chose C. Now on reading the sentence again I get why C is incorrect - Bermuda Triangle is not considered an especially hazardous place for the major insurance leaders.
The passage suggests that " maritime insurance leader Lloyd's of London does not recognize the" Bermuda Triangle as an especially hazardous place" whereas option C suggests Bermuda triangle is not considered an especially hazardous place for the insurance leaders.
Do let me know if my reasoning is correct? Thanks


Yes. This retrospecting of answers is what helps you in increasing the GMAT score. Key is attention to question more than the answer itself. And second key is keep looking on 'Why I got this correct or incorrect?'

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What about option D? there is an exact mention regarding distress signal in para 1
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What about option D? there is an exact mention regarding distress signal in para 1


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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


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I guess you are referring to the above sentence from paragraph 1. The author talks only about a few boats and planes. Option D, which says "None of the accidents", seems far-fetched and not the best choice. Option A is a better choice than option D.
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