Vile Vortices: The 12 Geometric Anomalies of Ivan Sanderson

Posted by on July 15, 2014
Vile Vortices: The 12 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 Vile Vortices.

There are 12 in total, and 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.

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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.