Vile Vortices: The 12 Geometric Anomalies of Ivan Sanderson

Posted by on July 15, 2014
A ship lost at sea

There are allegedly points around the world that mark, like a cursed treasure map, areas where planes, ships, and people seem to vanish without a trace. Not to be without their own intriguing moniker, they’re called the Vile Vortices.

You know of at least one of them: The Bermuda Triangle.

Here’s the complete list:

  • Mohenjo-daro
  • Hamakulia
  • Bermuda Triangle
  • Algerian Megaliths
  • Devil’s Sea
  • The North Pole
  • Zimbabwe Megaliths
  • Easter Island
  • South Atlantic Anomaly
  • New Hebrides Trench
  • Wharton Basin
  • The South Pole

Vile Vortices Map

These locations are equidistant from each other, equally divided between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer, and represent areas where strange disappearances, phenomena, or electromagnetic “aberrations” are said to occur.

Two of the Vile Vortices lie at the North and South Poles, and collectively they form an icosahedron around Earth (something like the 20-sided die from role playing games).

Not every Vile Vortex is equal, with some showing more activity than others.

Mapping the Vile Vortices

I’ve gone ahead and created this simple Google Map to let you see each point and their relation to each other more clearly. It’s not 100% accurate (as far as the distance of the points; I may fix it up later), but it should give you a good idea:

The term “Vile Vortices” itself was first used by Ivan Sanderson, Scottish biologist and founder of the Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained, in an article titled “The Twelve Devil’s Graveyards Around the World.” In it, he explored areas where airplanes and ships had vanished, highlighting the points where disappearances seemed most common.

According to Wikipedia, the article was published in a 1972 issue of the magazine Saga, but the idea of these Vile Vortices has persisted to this day.

Geometric Anomalies

Are these vortices real?

The idea has been met with plenty of skepticism, as you can imagine. Some of the locations are reportedly “fudged,” if you will, to match up with the others and form the perfect icosahedron. Some of the disappearances have also ended with perfectly ordinary explanations.

Sanderson himself believed that the anomalous activity surrounding these areas may be due to electromagnetic disturbances caused by hot and cold air.

They may also have connections to other so-called “ley lines.”  These, like the Vile Vortices, are said to be areas connected around Earth that exist in alignment with each other, and which hold mystical significance. They are “straight paths” that connect ancient monuments such as Stonehenge.


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About the Author Post by Rob Schwarz Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.
  • Jake Wilde

    The purpose of this comment is in conjunction with the coordinates of: 79°58’39.25″S 81°57’32.21″W seated upon Antarctica. The south pole. According to the google Earth map there is a pyramid at that location. I posit that pyramids all over the world were placed as “anchors” at specific vile vortices that have some kind of electromagnetic stabilization effect in order to help the earth’s gaia soul to transcend into a new dimension. By way of somehow using all vortices as a way to do this. I have done much research on this topic and it it very interesting. It is very close to my heart.

  • Alan Lieb

    I been doing some research into this fact it was shown that the magnetic properties are slowing earth down basically keeping everything stable. However has anyone done any real investigation into these sites and surrounding areas. It would be interesting to see if there is a time displacement or a potential black hole in these areas. Just curious if all vortices have the same quantity or quality of Aluminum isotope 26 and how far down does it actually go. One thing the show did catch my attention was they mentioned the H.A.R.P. program with the antenna’s pointing the opposite direction. This is a very true statement. More Data needs to be addressed on HARP. Russia also has a development such as HARP however the interesting thing is they both are letting people think it is for changing the weather or for mixing of radio waves etc. Alot of what is going on does make some sense but I think they are both located in wrong areas.

  • pugwis

    I was in the military for 16 years working at Area 51 and other “special” postings and TDYs. There were strange aircraft being designed and tested that were constructed of odd looking metal in bizarre shapes. When I inquired about them, I was initially told by a physicist assigned to the project from Cal Tech that they were fabricated from a rare isotope of aluminum that utilized the earth’s magnetic fields for propulsion. I never saw them in flight because they only flew at night. My curiosity got me transferred from the base and I was advised to leave the service because there were no promotions in my future. I wonder if the aluminum material I saw is the same as this aluminum isotope 26?

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  • The Wolf

    I was curious about the Algerian Megaliths and start drilling down in google earth. I surprisingly found a very strange phenomena in one huge area in Algeria. all this area is cover with strait lines crossing each other in a pattern of a matrix. Can anyone tell me what are those lines used for ? Those lines are in coordinates of: 29°06’19.40″N 2°08’53.64″E .
    The interesting thing is that this area is in the exact latitude of the Egyptian Pyramid.
    Will appreciate your thoughts 🙂

  • Melissa Sherrell

    I would really like more detailed maps of each of the 12 Vile Vortices and their respective (triangular?) shapes or areas they affect. There’s an obvious triangle drawn for the Bermuda Triangle and the Devil’s Sea (Dragon’s Triangle), but I have not been able to find ANY triangles mapped out for the other 10…do they exist? Have they not been mapped and my search is futile?