Lost city of Atlantis found in Spain?

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Could the fabled lost city of Atlantis have been located? Using satellite photography, ground-penetrating radar and underwater technology, experts are now surveying marshlands in Spain to look for proof of the ancient city. If the team can match geological formations to Plato’s descriptions and date artifacts back to the time of Atlantis, we may be closer to solving one of the world’s greatest mysteries. (NG)

A U.S.-led research team may have finally located the lost city of Atlantis, the legendary metropolis believed swamped by a tsunami thousands of years ago in mud flats in southern Spain. To solve the age-old mystery, the team used a satellite photo of a suspected submerged city to find the site just north of Cadiz, Spain. There, buried in the vast marshlands of the Dona Ana Park, they believe that they pinpointed the ancient, multi-ringed dominion known as Atlantis.

The team of archeologists and geologists in 2009 and 2010 used a combination of deep-ground radar, digital mapping, and underwater technology to survey the site. Discovery in central Spain of a strange series of “memorial cities,” built in Atlantis’ image by its refugees after the city’s likely destruction by a tsunami, gave researchers added proof and confidence. Atlantis residents who did not perish in the tsunami fled inland and built new cities there. While it is hard to know with certainty that the site in Spain in Atlantis, the “twist” of finding the memorial cities makes him confident Atlantis was buried in the mud flats on Spain’s southern coast.

Greek philosopher Plato wrote about Atlantis some 2,600 years ago, describing it as “an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Hercules,” as the Straits of Gibraltar were known in antiquity. Using Plato’s detailed account of Atlantis as a map, searches have focused on the Mediterranean and Atlantic as the best possible sites for the city. (Reuters)

Tsunamis in the region have been documented for centuries. One of the largest was a reported 10-story tidal wave that slammed Lisbon in November, 1755. The 1755 Lisbon earthquake, also known as the Great Lisbon Earthquake, was a megathrust earthquake that took place on Saturday 1 November 1755, at around 9:40 in the morning. The earthquake was followed by a tsunami and fires, which caused near-total destruction of Lisbon in the Kingdom of Portugal, and adjoining areas. Geologists today estimate the Lisbon earthquake approached magnitude 9 on the moment magnitude scale, with an epicenter in the Atlantic Ocean about 200 km (120 mi) west-southwest of Cape St. Vincent. Estimates place the death toll in Lisbon alone between 10,000 and 100,000 people, making it one of the deadliest earthquakes in history. Lisbon was not the only Portuguese city affected by the catastrophe. Throughout the south of the country, in particular the Algarve, destruction was rampant. A tsunami destroyed some coastal fortresses in the Algarve and, in the lower levels, it razed several houses. Almost all the coastal towns and villages of the Algarve were heavily damaged, except Faro, which was protected by the sandy banks of Ria Formosa. In Lagos, the waves reached the top of the city walls. Other towns of different Portuguese regions, like Peniche, Cascais, and even Covilhã which is located near the Serra da Estrela mountain range in central inland Portugal, were affected. The shock waves of the earthquake destroyed part of Covilhã’s castle walls and its large towers. On the island of Madeira, Funchal and many smaller settlements suffered significant damage. Almost all of the ports in the Azores archipelago suffered most of their destruction from the tsunami, with the sea penetrating about 150 m inland. Shocks from the earthquake were felt throughout Europe as far as Finland and North Africa, and according to some sources even in Greenland and in the Caribbean. Tsunamis as tall as 20 metres (66 ft) swept the coast of North Africa, and struck Martinique and Barbados across the Atlantic. A three-metre (ten-foot) tsunami hit Cornwall on the southern English coast. Galway, on the west coast of Ireland, was also hit, resulting in partial destruction of the “Spanish Arch” section of the city wall. (…)

Debate about whether Atlantis truly existed has lasted for thousands of years. Plato’s “dialogues” from around 360 B.C. are the only known historical sources of information about the iconic city. Plato said the island he called Atlantis “in a single day and night… disappeared into the depths of the sea.”

 

Experts plan further excavations are planned at the site where they believe Atlantis is located and at the mysterious “cities” in central Spain 150 miles away to more closely study geological formations and to date artifacts.

The huge discovery of a lost world or city that is finally unveiled. This may actually be the rise of Atlantis which has been discussed by many people and prophets over the centuries. This begins to help humanity understand more and brings a whole new bundle of knowledge for us all. The problem I have with this one is exactly how this lost city will be discovered. I have mixed feelings on this and wonder if I may be possibly picking up on two separate major lost cities that are discovered. One part of me feels like this city will be discovered deep in the ocean only a few hundred miles from the coast. Another part of me feels that a large catastrophe such as an earthquake cause a break in the Earth that sucks up a large amount of water therefore unveiling the lost city. I feel these may occur in late 2011 and into the fall of 2012. (Joseph Tittel blog)

Finding Atlantis (National Geographics)
Atlantis – Fact, Fiction or Exaggeration? (ActiveMind)
Lost city of Atlantis, swamped by tsunami, may be found (Reuters)
Atlantis in the News links

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    1. In the Atlantic, south and west of the island of Funchai are huge “grids” one is easily 60+ miles to a side and gridded in 15-20 mile cubes. just southof Funchai itself is another grid. Both appear to almost have interconnecting “roadwork”. Have these ever been cataloged-named acheologically? And with such a grid, far more efficient than the “build around terrain method” of most primative cultures, these could have been huge agrarian based cities. within a 60×60 mile grid of 3600 sq. miles, you could have an area 10xs that of New York city. If you allocate only 20 percent to “housing” and the rest to farming – cattle etc. You are still twice the size of NYC there. Have these areas been explored – named?

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