According to experts, "there is no scientific consensus on what the cause is."
With the help of satellite images gathered between 2003 and 2020, scientists have come across a mystery near the Bahamas. Experts have found an increase in what they call a “temporary increase in discolored patches” in the water. Oceanographers have been left puzzled by the find. Even though the patches have been analyzed in detail only recently, the odd patches in the water were noticed as early as the 1930s. The discolored areas of water are located in the shallow waters of the Bahama Banks. Initial analysis of samples gathered by scientists suggests the patches may have resulted from an abundance of “fine-grained- calcium carbonate particles, suspended in the water, as per SciTechDaily. The data was gathered by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8, which took natural-color images of the events.
While this may cause the odd patches, scientists are still unsure why these surges occur and what calcium carbonate accumulates in these specific areas. According to some explanations, these could be mechanical processes caused by currents. Some theories propose that currents dredge up calcium carbonate sediments. Other theories propose that the odd patches are caused by either phytoplankton blooms or other biological processes. But as Chuanmin Hi, an oceanographer at the University of South Florida, explained, “there is no scientific consensus on what causes them.”
A “giant” mystery
Analysis of the satellite images also revealed that the white patches appeared more frequently in winter and spring. The patches also greatly vary in size. Some were found to measure between 0.1 to 226 kilometers. A drastic increase in size was noticed by experts as well. The total area affected by the patches increased from about 25 square kilometers in 2003 to around 300 square kilometers between 2014 and 2015. In the next five years, the total area declined, returning to the average size of 25 square kilometers. What exactly causes these mysterious events remains a scientific mystery that experts are eager to understand. The Bahamas are located within the so-called Bermuda Triangle, a defined area in the North Atlantic Ocean said to be the location where numerous aircraft and ships have disappeared over the years. The odd patches of disclosures oceanwater are not related to the Bermuda Triangle Mystery.