reply to post by AmmonSeth
I don't have any specific knowledge of 'mountainous citidels' per se, but your question did make me think about the 'well-worn' theory of
Atlantis being submerged ... and the great assumption that this was below water due to rising sea-levels (even the most sceptical amongst us cannot
deny that a considerable amount of landmass was submerged underwater during the thawing of the last Great Ice-Age). Nowadays that assumption is not
only feesible but substantiated by underwater archaeologists, who are regularly discovering signs of (submerged), ancient shorelines and pre-historic
settlements that had once been on dry land.
But if as you seem to suspect, Atlantis has a mountainous connection ... there is still potential for the 'submersion theory'.
Ok guys, to explain this I need to disgard my cloak of esoteric wisdom, that many of you (who have come across some of my threads and posts), probably
think is what I'm all about ... and release my 'inner-science nerd'
Yep, that's right, I'm not a one trick pony ... and I don't just pluck my
sometimes 'wild hypotheses', out of thin-air ... shock, horror !!!
Reason I don't usually divulge my dirty little secret is because people
will either agree with the suggestions I make (here and elsewhere), or they won't, whether they know my background or not ... simple as ! The truth
is I only ever use my scientific knowledge as a yardstick ... to see if my esoteric hypotheses are viable concepts.
So, back to my suggestion to make of what you will;
I'm sure most of you have heard about or at least know the rudimentaries concerning 'Plate Tectonics' ?
The most prominent topographic features of the Earth are associated with these plate boundaries, concerning the relative movement of said plates.
If memory serves me right (it's been a while since I studies the 'Natural Earth Sciences' at uni), there are 14, tectonic plates that make-up the
(Northern Hemishere) ...
1. The Eurasian Plate
2. The Juan de Fucas Plate
3. The North American Plate
1. The Philippine Plate
2. The Cocos Plate
3. The Caribbean Plate
4. The Arabian Plate
(Southern Hemisphere) ...
1. The Indian Plate
2. The Pacific Plate
3. The Nazca Plate
4. The South American Plate
5. The African Plate
6. The Scotia Plate
7. The Antarctic Plate
These plate boundaries are divided into 3 types ... Convergergent (where 2 plates push towards each other) ... Divergent (where 2 plates stretch apart
from one another) ... and Subducting (where 2 plates meet but one slides beneath the other).
The plates themselves are either ... Oceanic (beneath the sea) ... or Continental (on land).
When 2 convergent, continental plate boundaries meet, mountain ranges are formed e.g; The Alps/Himalayas. The Earth's crust shortens and thickens at
these sites ... beneath the Himalayan mountain range for example the 'crust' extends down to a depth of 70km (compared to the normal average
(Ok, bear with me);
Over geological time-scales moving solids (the plates), can behave like liquids do on a short time-scale (imagine mixing custard powder with milk).
When mountains are forming the crust thickens ... forming the root of the mountain and this sinks deeper into the mantle. As mountains erode the roots
of the mountain belt rise back up.
The Himalayas are currently rising by about 4-7mm per year ... so quite a slow process in the grand scheme of things. But this is only the case when
things are running smoothly.
If we add a little upheval into the mix we discover that convergent plate boundaries are also the place where catastrophic volcanic eruptions and
devastating earthquakes take place !!!
The collision between 2 convergent plates is resposible for earthquakes (but not volcanic activity) this is true of the Himalayan mountain belt, where
the continental part of the Indian Plate collides with the continental part of the Eurasian Plate ... whilst collision of the continental part of the
Arabian Plate and the continental part of the Eurasian Plate are responsible for the Zagros Mountains, running NW-SE from Turkey to the Gulf of Oman.
So this kind of activity can cause rapid reactions (things being buried ... things rising up to the surface etc.)
The highest relative speed is found at the convergent plate boundary between the (oceanic) Nazca Plate and the (continental) SouthAmerican Plate
(along the Peru/Chile Trench).
So, wake-up and stop dribbling into your computer keyboard ... lessons over.
The point I wanted to make (yes, I do have one), is this;
With all this activity going on in mountainous areas ... it's not wholly ridiculous to consider the possibility that 'Atlantis' (or at least one of
the Atlatean locations ... representing the element of 'air') ... could have been submerged/subducted during some freak activity in one of the
worlds mountain ranges. And remember this could also apply to 'underwater' mountain ranges.
Well, there you have it ... I'll leave you to draw your own colclusions ... just thought it was worth throwing the idea into the pot. It would be
interesting to hear from anyone who sees the potential of this idea ... to maybe post their potential location suggestions and explain why they chose
that particular location. I have a couple of front-runners myself but I'll wait and see if anyone else has a contribution before I post.
Sorry if I bored the pants of you all. Woody