posted on Feb, 11 2006 @ 09:40 PM
I’ve read somewhere that Antarctica, just 12-15,000 years ago was nowhere near the place that it is today. The placement was closer to the equator
and had tropical climates. Due to either a massive catastrophic event or the shifting in the plates, it slid south to where it is today. With that
said, I do believe that if there were to be any archaeological digs that ventured under the miles of ice now covering Antarctica, something could be
found. There are maps of Antarctica thousands years old where there is no ice covering at very least on the shoreline and scientists have proved that
it is in fact accurately drawn.
However, with the statements made by Plato, I do not believe that Antarctica has any claim of being Atlantis. I’m not in any way trying to say that
Antarctica isn’t an important place and I believe that someday any number of possible things could be found there, including an ancient civilization
but for Atlantis to be located there, in my opinion, is not possible.
Plato speaks of it being located outside the Pillars of Hercules (a.k.a The Straits Of Gibraltar), which to me proves that any search for the lost
civilization within the straits will be fruitless. There is nothing said within Plato’s dialogues that says it is located in the Mediterranean and
if we are basing the location of Atlantis off of what Plato had said in the Timeaus and Critias (which is the only place that Atlantis’s location is
written), then I believe that altogether it shouldn’t be searched for in that region.
If you go by what Plato stated in the Timeaus and Critias, I think that there is sufficient evidence pointing to the Greater Antilles (i.e. Cuba,
Jamaica, Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Hispaniola and Puerto Rico in particular have promising aspects of the lost continent,
as well as the now sunken Great Bahama Bank.
Also noted in the Dialogues, Plato states that there is an impassable sea. If you have done your research this statement points to somewhere beyond
the Sargasso Sea. Even Columbus on his journey to the Americas had noted implications of the Sargasso Sea having been this impassable place. Because
of the vast coverage of seaweed in this region, it makes travel thru extremely slow and difficult.
The massive size of Plato’s Atlantis also proves that it could not be located within the Mediterranean. 3000 by 2000 stadia, including mountain
ranges that came right down to the sea would be impossible to fit there. Plato also wrote that it was an opposite continent obviously meaning it was
not “close by”. I feel the search for Atlantis (if it had existed), will not be found in the Mediterranean and hopefully some or all of the info
I noted will help some to realize just the massiveness of the lost continent and that the location can not be anywhere near the Mediterranean.
As for the theories proposed by Graham Hancock (an author that I absolutely love), I feel that there is no basis for the belief that Antarctica could
be Atlantis. There is not sufficient proof that the place Plato describes could be located in this region. Not only due to the fact that we have no
idea whatsoever of the flora and fauna of this region at that time but also because of the way the islands of Atlantis are positioned. Also the fact
that there is still no evidence that Antarctica had any major catastrophic event (i.e. sinking, losing part of its landmass, etc). Except for the ice
sheets taking over which wasn’t exactly catastrophic, due to it taking thousands of years to produce the amount of ice coverage that now encompasses
This is only my opinion and I myself would love to someday conduct a dig on Antarctica but it just isn’t plausible for the location of the legendary
lost continent of Atlantis.