“In those far-away days that Ocean could be navigated, as there was an island outside the channel which your countrymen tell me you call the ‘Pillars of Heracles.’ This island was larger than Libya and Asia together, and from it seafarers, in those times, could make their way to the others, and thence to the whole opposite continent, which encircles the true outer ocean.”
-Critias to Socrates
It seems a bit absurd to claim that Atlantis is “lost.” That doesn’t mean I believe I will sail to an Atlantean shore and sip rum on the beach, but I do mean there is a lot of evidence suggesting Atlantis did exist, and where it was located. (Atlantis.rar for all data used)
Mr. Blog’s Tepid Ride provides an entertaining and informative rundown on the history of Atlantis.
To the left you will see an old map of the Pillars of Heracles. (the northern pillar is the Rock of Gibralter and the southern is either Monte Hacho or Jebel Musa) These used to mark the limit of the known world.
But slightly west of those pillars . . .
Let’s use Google Earth to look for something that would be larger than Libya and Asia put together. To get an idea of the supposed size of Atlantis, here is a map of the known world as drawn by the ancient Greek historian, Herodotus:
The world looks a little different in the map of Herodotus but it does create a better spatial scale. Now let’s use Google Earth to look at the ocean floor to the west of the Pillars of Heracles:
Here is that same image with an added polygon to demonstrate what that continent might have looked like:
If this were to be the continent known as Atlantis, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to accept the islands in the Caribbean as the islands to the west that made the Americas accessible to seafarers of that time. I will bring up one more feature that can be viewed in Google Earth that has recently caused a bit of controversy in online forums. 31°19’2.13″N 24°25’42.69″W contains markings that appear to be on the ocean floor. The markings look like they could be the remains of a city, and are also within the polygon of the supposed Atlantean continent. Here is an image:
- Atlantis: Found? (miskatonicbooks.wordpress.com)
- Secrets of the Subterranean Cities – Part 1/4 (stevebeckow.com)
- Atlantis Discovered in The South of Spain (socyberty.com)
- Beyond Atlantis (online.wsj.com)
- Atlantis, The Lost City By Plato! (mysteryworlds.wordpress.com)
- Ancient Landscape Discovered at The Bottom of The Ocean, Atlantis? (socyberty.com)
- Mr. Blog’s Tepid Ride (An absurd look at the absurdities of this absurd world)