Atlantis May Have Been Found
The lost city of Atlantis has just been found, it seems, after being lost for a millennium or several.
We first heard of the fabled city, which was more a sunken continent than city, through Plato, who described the inhabitants of Atlantis as being a technologically advanced but evil people. (In that case, it’s not clear why anyone would want to go looking for them.) Since then the legend has morphed, with Atlantis coming to be seen as a crystal-powered super utopia whose residents live in perfect harmony.
The Atlantic might be a huge place, but a century of high-tech nautical technology should have stumbled onto something by now. Plato narrowed Altantis’ location to somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, yet deep-sea navigation devices, radar, and submarines have found nothing until recently.
Last week, news arrived that a group of researchers had discovered evidence of a sunken ancient continent buried beneath the Indian Ocean. Could it be the lost continent of Atlantis?
There aren’t pictures of sunken ancient skyscrapers to verify the discovery; rather, it was confirmed through a little bit of the ol’ timey style of science.
In the Indian Ocean, on the island of Mauritius, researchers found minerals in the sands dating back 1.97 billion years. That’s contradictory to the age of the mysterious island, however, as it’s only been around 8.9 million years.
While some might think that the minerals were placed there by humans from other parts of the globe that are much older than Mauritius, the island is so isolated that it is believed the fragments were pushed up from the Earth’s crust through volcanic activity.
Also, considering that the sea floor crust at that particular location is 25 to 30 kilometers thick, as opposed to the normal 5 to 10 km, scientists believe that a sunken continent lies at the ocean floor. They’ve dubbed that continent Mauritia, and posit that it once served as a connector to India and Madagascar when all continents used to be one landmass. Though Mauritia wasn’t found in the Atlantic Ocean as Plato had predicted, could this be the lost civilization of Atlantis we’ve all been looking for?
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