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A vile vortex is any of twelve purported particular geographic areas, arranged in a pattern around the Earth. The term was coined by Ivan T. Sanderson, who cataloged them as the sites of unexplained disappearances and other mysterious phenomena.
Ivan T. Sanderson asserts that twelve vortices (famously, the Bermuda Triangle) are situated along particular lines of latitude: five of the vortices are on the same latitude to the south of the equator; five are on the same latitude to the north. The other two are the north and south poles.
The idea has been taken up by other fringe writers, who have argued that the vortices are linked to "subtle matter energy", "ley lines", or "electro-magnetic aberration". The phenomenon is addressed as geometric patterns as explored by Plato, in the book Anti-gravity and the World Grid.
Paul Begg, in a series of articles for The Unexplained magazine, criticized the methodology of writers on the subject of unexplained disappearances. He checked original records of the alleged incidents. Often, he found, the ships which were claimed to have mysteriously disappeared actually had a mundane reason for their loss (for instance Raifuku Maru). Some were lost in storms, although the vortex writers would claim that the weather was fine at the time. In other cases, locations of losses were changed to fit the location of the vortex. Sometimes no record was found that the ship had ever existed.
- Bermuda Triangle is the best known of the vile vortices.
- Algerian Megaliths is south of Timbuktu.
- Indus Valley is in the city of Mohenjo Daro, Pakistan.
- Hamakulia Volcano is east of Hawaii.
- "Devil's Sea" is south of Japan.
- South Atlantic Anomaly
In the dramatized TV episode "The Devil's Graveyards" by History Channel, the phenomenon is explored as a result of magnetism, also citing Sanderson and a variety of other sources. The show attributes a pattern of violent animal behavior and global warming to vile vortices, based on the magnetic changes in the Earth's rotation, with the vortices having been possibly created or exacerbated by intelligent means.
- Sanderson, Ivan T. (1972). "The Twelve Devil's Graveyards Around the World". Saga.
- Neilson, Brett. (2004). Free trade in the Bermuda Triangle — and other tales of counterglobalization. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. pp. 44–45. ISBN 0-8166-3871-3.
- Sanderson, Ivan T. (2005). Invisible Residents: The Reality of Underwater UFOs. Kempton, IL: Adventures Unlimited Press. ISBN 9781931882200. OCLC 61504967. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
- Childress, David Hatcher (1987). Anti-gravity and the World Grid. Lost Science Series. Stelle, IL: Adventures Unlimited Press. p. 35. ISBN 9780932813039. OCLC 15492200. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
- Begg, Paul. "Tales from the Bermuda Triangle" and succeeding articles, reprinted in Out of This World: Mysteries of Mind, Space and Time (Caxton, 1989), pp 8–22.
- "The Devil's Graveyards". History Specials. Season 1. History Channel. November 1, 2014.
- Kusche, Lawrence David. The Bermuda Triangle Mystery–Solved. Harper & Row, 1975.