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The Bermuda Triangle
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.31

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     challenging words:    cyclops, paranormal, temporal, unsolved, investigation, inconsistent, follow-up, flaws, catchy, penned, vast, extensive, bestseller, crossing, fiction, torpedo
     content words:    United States, Bermuda Triangle, Puerto Rico, Benjamin Briggs, Mary Celeste, Fort Lauderdale, Associated Press, Vincent Gaddis, Charles Berlitz, Lawrence Kusche


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The Bermuda Triangle
By Vickie Chao
  

1     Off the southeast coast of the United States lies a vast ocean called the Atlantic. On the surface, this area seems normal. But is it? For decades, people were afraid of crossing it. They believed that it was a paranormal site. According to rumors, many ships and airplanes had simply disappeared without a trace there. Since the region looks like a triangle, its shape gave rise to its nickname, the Bermuda Triangle or the Devil's Triangle.
 
2     By definition, a triangle must have three apexes. The Bermuda Triangle, of course, is no exception. Its three points are Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and Miami, Florida. It covers a rather large area, about 500,000 square miles.
 
3     Now we know where the Bermuda Triangle is. Let's look at its troubled past.
 
4     On November 7, 1872, Benjamin Briggs set sail for Italy with his wife, young daughter, and a crew of eight. Neither the ship (the Mary Celeste) nor the people on board were ever seen again.

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