Thursday, January 03, 2013

Way Down Below the Ocean, Where I Wanna Be She May Be

It was Plato, the Great Plato, who first spoke about about Atlantis - a land, the size of today's eastern Turkey and Libya combined, that housed a mighty civilisation, but which sank and disappeared from the consequences of an earthquake 11,500 years ago. Plato didn't say exactly where Atlantis was, other than that it lay in front of the Pillars of Hercules, which, in case you don't know, flanked the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar from the Atlantic Ocean.

But, how far in front of the Pillars of Hercules? Because Plato didn't say, no-one knows. So, throughout the 2,500 years since Plato breathed his last, eager men have speculated about where below the vast Atlantic Ocean the submerged Atlantis now lies. They have also searched for it, and still do, but so far to no avail.

Who were the Atlantans? Were they the ones who built the Great Pyramid and the other huge ancient structures throughout the world, about which men have always scratched their heads in wonderment? Was Atlantis the home of a worldwide maritime civilisation, so enlightened and so technologically wondrous, it was an Eden from whose demise mankind has never recovered?

Could Antarctica – about which I spoke *last time* – be the lost Atlantis? It's big enough, since it's almost twice the size of Australia, and it wasn't always at the South Pole with a one-mile-deep ice-sheet sitting atop it. No, it was once further north and had, as a result, a temperate climate, and forests and animals.

It is, then, beneath the one-mile-deep sheet of ice which covers Antarctica, that the answer to the riddle of Atlantis may lie.

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