12 Vile Vortices: The Geometric Anomalies of Ivan Sanderson

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 12 Vile Vortices.

You know of at least one of them: The Bermuda Triangle. Here’s the complete list, with a brief description of each:

  • Mohenjo-daro: Also known as “Mound of the Dead Men.” Built in the 26th Century BC and located in Sindh, Pakistan, this was one of the largest settlements of the Indus Valley civilization, and thought to be one of the world’s first major cities.
  • Hamakulia: An underwater volcano in the Hawaiian Islands.
  • Bermuda Triangle: An infamous location known for its many strange disappearances and other mysterious incidents. Miami, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda are said to form the triangle’s vertices.
  • Algerian Megaliths: A ruin south of Timbuktu. Reportedly the area of several disappearances.
  • Devil’s Sea: Also known as the Dragon’s Triangle, this area may also be called the “Pacific Bermuda Triangle.” It’s a place where many vessels are said to have disappeared.
  • The North Pole: While there may seemingly be nothing of note about the North Pole, some do believe an opening exists here through which you may enter the Hollow Earth.
  • Zimbabwe Megaliths: An area of towering stone monuments, walls, and other structures thought to have been built roughly 900 years ago.
  • Easter Island: A Chilean island, home to the mysterious monumental statues known as the Moai.
  • South Atlantic Anomaly: A peculiar area where Earth’s inner Van Allen radiation belt reaches an altitude of only 120 miles above the planet’s surface, its closest point.
  • New Hebrides Trench: Located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, this trench is about 750 miles long, and reaches depths of about 25,000 feet.
  • Wharton Basin: Found in the northeastern portion of the Indian Ocean. An 8.6 magnitude earthquake struck this area in April 2012.
  • The South Pole: Similar to the North Pole, but with its own unexplained mysteries. Many have claimed to have spotted UFOs on satellite images of Antarctica.

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

A ship lost at sea
Serge Melki via CC by 2.0

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.


Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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 :)

  5. 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?


      Its on page two. Let me know what you find

  6. I am not well educated in this field at all I mean 0 however I watch a show where a biology instructors child was killed by the family dog while the three of them were at one of these sites so the instructor gathered a team and started to study the place. this lead to him discovering the Aluminum isotope 26 he was saying that it could not be natural because of how it was measured out perfectly and that nature is not perfectly measured. he went on to talk about the magnetic property and how it was haveing a negitive effect on the earth its self and how if all 12 sites do not have this isotope 26 removed or destroyed that the protective layer around the earth would be destored and so would life as we know it he and his team use some kind of electric charge to cause some underground explosion of sorts they did this twice trying to destroy the isotope 26 they didnt destroy it but it most certainly changed . is this man crazy or could this element really be putting the earth in danger of dieing and if so why isnt anyone besides him doing anything and how can i help there are healers like myself all over the world we can move the energy in the human body over long distances to realign it so the body will heal or function right again one of us may not be much byones self but collectively we might be able to help. please i would like to hear your views on this matter respectfully gwenda colleen campbell