If the Mythical island nation of Atlantis truly existed,
then where is it? Why haven’t we found it yet?
Here are 10 ongoing theories of what really happened to Atlantis.
No.10 It’s the Island of Santorini.
A common view is that Atlantis was actually a part of Santorini,
a small island in the East Mediterranean and that was partly-destroyed
by the mighty Volcano of Thera in 1,646 BC.
Yeah,a looong time ago.
Geologists have suggested that if you reconstruct the island of Santorini,
you can see that this complete version,
before it was destroyed by the volcano,
used to be Plato’s mysterious island of legend.
The volcanic eruption may have been
the largest ever witnessed by mankind
and the explosion is estimated to have the strenth of 40 atomic bombs
and would have been 100 times more powerful than the eruption at Pompeii.
One geologist disputed Plato’s version of events over Atlantis,
claiming that he made a mathematical mistake
which meant his dating was thousands of years off.
He suggested the real timeline matches with the events that created Santorini.
He also thinks it ties in with certain events in the Bible,
so it is easier to place Atlantis in Santorini than anyone else.
A nearby town known as Akrotiri was found accidentally,
在圣托里尼附近 人们意外发现了一个小镇 阿克罗蒂里
buried under centuries of ash and pumice.
The town was hidden for over 3,500 years
and excavations have revealed buildings that were 2 to 3 stories tall.
No human remains have been found.
So it is believed people had enough warning to leave.
There are many well-preserved frescoes describing
the daily life of the people who lived there.
Whether it was in fact Atlantis that got wiped out
by molten lava remains to be seen…
No.9 The Black Sea
Some are happy to believe
that Atlantis was just a made up story of legend.
But others believe it was a real place.
Not only that, but it was actually something else.
The theory of Atlantis being located in the Black Sea region
is a great example of this.
It all centers on the rise of ocean levels
following the last Ice Age.
Scientists claimed that when the land joining Europe and Asia separated,
the resulting salt water flow flooded a freshwater lake,
turning it into the Black Sea
in what’s come to be called “Noah’s Flood”.
The shoreline of this lake was 350 feet
lower than the current ocean level.
Around this time, there was an ancient culture that was already there.
It was either Neolithic or Chalcolithic
and it got submerged around 5,500 BC.
It’s believed by some that this culture was
what Plato was referring to when he wrote about Atlantis.
In this theory, Atlantis was started by settlers
crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey.
Experts not only think the “Pillars of Hercules”
were in fact the local Strait of Bosporus,
they don’t even see Atlantis as an island…
it was an island set in the middle of a whole country!
When it comes to revelations about Atlantis
there are twists and turns everywhere!
And now for No.8.
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No. 8 ,Under Antarctica
Atlantis is usually believed to have somewhere warm,
possibly around the Mediterranean,
and you’d probably need your sunscreen,
if it had been invented yet.
However an American historian thought
the truth was very different. And colder!
Professor Charles A Hapgood went on record in the 1950s
as believing the mythical island was in fact, part of Antarctica.
Plato’s utopia supposedly went down as a result of crustal displacement.
Now that sounds like something nasty
but it’s actually about the shifting of the Earth’s crust.
This happens every 20-30,000 years
and is bad news for any dvanced civilizations
who happen to be sitting in top of it.
Professor Hapgood was checking out a 500-year old map
from Piri Reis, an Ottoman admiral,
which showed Antarctica as being a varied landscape
with habitable areas away from the ice.
This apparently was consumed by the cold when the plates shifted.
Further researchers also believe that
even though now Antarctica is pretty much
just inhabited by scientists and penguins,
about 12,000 years ago,people could have lived there.
This was just mostly speculation and rumors
but more recently, NASA took photos of Antarctica
which seem to reveal traces of a human settlement under the ice.
Some people also claim that Google Earth images
also show a pyramid poking out
that could have belonged to an earlier civilization.
None of these ideas have gotten
a ringing endorsement from the scientific community,
and until more research is done,
the rest of us will have no idea.
No. 7 Is It Based on Truth?
Atlantis is often portrayed as being the perfect society,
a peaceful utopia that was very technologically advanced.
However, if you look at where the legend started
in Plato’s dialogues written in 330 BC,
he describes a place that is just like any other.
According to him, it was a technologically advanced society
that was wealthy, and had a very powerful military
but it was also corrupt.
He claims that Atlantis battled against the city
of Athens who came out the hero.
If this were the case,
then other Greek text should also mention Atlantis, right?
Did he make it up?
How did Atlantis become so famous?
We can all probably thank Plato fans
and also Congressman Ignatius Donnelly
who wrote “The Antediluevian World” in 1882,
a book that explored the idea of Atlantis
and popularized it for a new audience.
He claimed the place was real
and that all great cultures can be traced back to it.
He also added his own facts and stories,
so it’s not really a great resource.
He even sent a copy to Charles Darwin
who didn’t believe any of it.
Other people who were less skeptical
believed there must be some truth to the myths
and now there are even Atlantis experts!
There are many arguments and evidence that
it could be in the Atlantic Ocean, Antarctica, like I just mentioned,
正如我所提到的 亚特兰蒂斯可能在大西洋 南极洲
Bolivia,Turkey, Malta, or even the Caribbean!
玻利维亚 土耳其 马尔他 甚至在加勒比海！
Plato was clear though, it should be past the Pillars of Hercules,
which we now know is the strait of Gibraltar.
However, as you know,
nothing has been found yet.
No.6 It Was Founded By Lemurians.
An old idea about Atlantis is that
it’s connected to the lost continent of Lemuria.
Lemuria was believed to be located in the Indian or Pacific oceans,
but their continent sunk due to volcanic activity.
The Lemurians were beings who could travel
between dimensions by altering the matter in their bodies.
Plate tectonic theory and the existence of other continents
strongly discount that this ever existed, just to be clear.
But apparently, when they lost their continent
some moved to Africa, and used their powers of matter control
to build the pyramids in Egypt.
Because, why not?
Others went on and founded Atlantis which was located in the Atlantic.
Atlantis was punished by the gods because
their technology became unethical.
They were messing around with genetic modification and cloning.
Once Atlantis was submerged, the Lemurians and Atlanteans
then spread out and began the Toltec and other civilizations
in the Americas and worshipped the sun.
It’s said there are Lemurians and Atlanteans in the world today.
So watch out for people teleporting and lifting rocks with their minds!
Again,just to be clear,
there is no evidence on the oceanfloor that
these continents ever existed.
No.5 Lost In The Bermuda Triangle.
Plato talks about how Atlantis was swallowed
by the sea in a single day.
Even so,you’d think that over the centuries
即便是那样 你可能会想 几个世纪以来
someone would have stumbled on something concrete
to prove the island existed,right?
Well,this kind of happened in the late 1960s.
A professional diver and physician named Ray Brown
was diving in the Bermuda Triangle of Miami looking for treasure,
and he claimed that he had discovered an underwater city.
He said the buildings looked very advanced
and he found the tip of a pyramid.
As you know the Bermuda Triangle is known
for strange disappearances and mysterious cases of technology malfunctioning.
French explorers later went to the same area
and also reported finding an enormous crystal pyramid in the sea bed.
The sonar readings said the pyramid
was larger than the largest found in Egypt,
with two holes at the top that sometimes open
and suck in water,creating a vortex.
This vortex would be responsible for the dangerous conditions in the sea,
creating rogue waves and thick mist.
Why would the Atlanteans build a water-sucking pyramid?
I’ll leave it to you guys to work that one out!
No.4,it’s in the Bahamas
If you’re in the United States
then Atlantis may be closer than you think.
To be more precise,it could be 50 miles east of Miami!
There lies the island of Bimini,
part of a chain of islands in the Bahamas.
Just 20 feet under the water
there are some mysterious stones
which could show the existence of Plato’s fabled kingdom.
These limestone blocks run for half a mile along the bottom
and are up to 13 ft in diameter.
They form a path-like structure leading them to be called
the “Bimini Road” or “Bimini Wall”.
It was discovered in the late 1960s and
is believed by some to be proof Atlantis was a real place.
They think the road leads to Atlantis.
Geological experts argue it’s just a natural phenomenon
and the limestone blocks are naturally shaped by tidal forces.
What can’t be denied is Bimini’s spooky link to Edgar Cayce,
and an American mysticist.
In 1938 he declared the temples of Atlantis would be found
in either 1968 or 1969.
The Bimini Road was first reported in 1968.
You’ve gotta admit that’s a pretty good call on
casey’s part,whether it’s Atlantis or not!
No.3 Founded By Aliens.
You know I couldn’t leave this theory out,
since so many people out there actually believe this stuff,
no thanks to Ancient Aliens on the History Channel.
Supposedly aliens landed on our planet in its infancy
and helped in the development of our ancient cultures,
one of which was Atlantis.
Some hypnotherapists believe they have spoken to people
about living on Atlantis through past life regression.
Hypnotize someone and chances are
they’ll have a past life in a magical kingdom.
These accounts describe the use of crystals as a power source in ancient Atlantis.
Dr. Brown,who I mentioned earlier, remember him?
he claimed that in the lost city that he found
there were 2 metal hands holding a crystal ball,
which he took for himself.
If you google it,you can see him talking about it
in an old documentary on the History Channel.
The general idea was that
aliens were preparing us to be
part of an advanced “galactic community”
and we need crystals to participate!
Guess we’re not advanced enough yet
as I think the little green men have yet to reach out!
No.2 It’s In Morocco.
A German computer genius named Michael Hübner
2008年 德国一位计算机天才Michael Hübner
came up with a unique approach to finding Atlantis in 2008
when he gave a presentation at the Atlantis Conference in Athens.
Most others had taken an archaeological approach
or used mysticism to locate Plato’s fantasy island.
Hübner on the other hand wanted to try a mathematical way of doing things.
He used a system called “Hierarchical Constraint Satisfaction.”
What is that? I’m not an expert
but it’s probably best to describe it
as a very detailed method of tracing Atlantis
using all of the information from Plato’s texts.
These details were then matched
as closely as possible to real places which produced some surprising results.
Like many others, Hübner believed Atlantis was in the Atlantic region
but he theorized was in Morocco,
just south of Casablanca in North Africa.
He worked out this location
by finding concentric circles of stone
marked with red and black stripes.
Sure enough these are described by Plato in his Dialogues.
Hübner sadly died in 2013,
but his theory was brought to a wider audience
by writer Mark Adams who released the book
“Meet Me In Atlantis” in 2015.
The Moroccan argument is a compelling one!
No.1 Plato Made It Up.
I’m sad to say that the most realistic theory is
that Atlantis was made up by Plato.
The Athenian philosopher who first told the world about it.
Plato lived between 424-328 BC.
The legendary island with an advanced civilization
was described his Dialogues titled “Timaeus”
and “Critias” which were written around 330 BC.
It was watched over by the god Poseidon
and named after Poseidon’s son Atlas,
who became its king.
If you believe the gods existed,fine.
If you don’t then this won’t make sense.
Plato said Atlantis was located in the Atlantic Ocean
past what’s thought to be the Strait of Gibraltar.
That’s possible but when you look at the society of Atlantis
it really looks like Plato invented it.
Plato had a lot of thoughts about what makes a perfect society
and it just so happens Atlantis reflected these ideas.
It also got too arrogant, conquering the globe and then was
sunk by the gods in a day
as punishment for losing its morality.
It’s believed Plato created the story of Atlantis
just to prove a point and warn the Greeks about their behaviour.
He has sent many on a wild goose
chase over the centuries and people have lost fortunes
and their lives looking for Atlantis.
He’s not here to defend himself
but he was definitely a good storyteller!
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