Lost city of Atlantis, swamped by tsunami, may be found

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    Mar 12, 2011 8:30 PM GMT
    Kind of cool... and in light of seeing some of the footage in Japan, scary.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/12/us-tsunami-atlantis-idUSTRE72B2JR20110312

    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.

    "This is the power of tsunamis," head researcher Richard Freund told Reuters.

    "It is just so hard to understand that it can wipe out 60 miles inland, and that's pretty much what we're talking about," said Freund, a University of Hartford, Connecticut, professor who lead an international team searching for the true site of Atlantis.

    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.

    Freund's 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, he said.

    Atlantis residents who did not perish in the tsunami fled inland and built new cities there, he added.
    The team's findings will be unveiled on Sunday in "Finding Atlantis," a new National Geographic Channel special.
  • SFGeoNinja

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    Mar 13, 2011 12:41 AM GMT
    I studied in Cadiz, this is very interesting! I don't think anyone there had any idea that such a spectacular ruins like Atlantis was so close by. I had heard theories that Atlantis was buried underneath the ocean near the Greek island of Santorini...if this is true that's a huge change and sure to bring a lot of attention to this type of aquatic archaeology.

    Thanks for posting!
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    Mar 13, 2011 12:46 AM GMT
    riddler78 saidKind of cool... and in light of seeing some of the footage in Japan, scary.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/12/us-tsunami-atlantis-idUSTRE72B2JR20110312

    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.

    "This is the power of tsunamis," head researcher Richard Freund told Reuters.

    "It is just so hard to understand that it can wipe out 60 miles inland, and that's pretty much what we're talking about," said Freund, a University of Hartford, Connecticut, professor who lead an international team searching for the true site of Atlantis.

    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.

    Freund's 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, he said.

    Atlantis residents who did not perish in the tsunami fled inland and built new cities there, he added.
    The team's findings will be unveiled on Sunday in "Finding Atlantis," a new National Geographic Channel special.



    I am a geek for cool science stuff like this.
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    Mar 13, 2011 12:48 AM GMT
    I want to see the show first. This seems odd.
  • matt13226

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    Mar 13, 2011 12:52 AM GMT
    that would be cool if atlantis is there and if atlantis is of greek origin how did the greeks get all the way over to spain.
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    Mar 13, 2011 12:53 AM GMT
    poppycock. there was no city called atlantis
  • dglater

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    Mar 13, 2011 12:58 AM GMT
    Is Atlantis mentioned in any historical books that were written in its "era" or any writings?

    Not related to this but interesting for history nerds...
    http://carm.org/non-biblical-accounts-new-testament-events-andor-people
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    Mar 13, 2011 1:03 AM GMT
    There's a big thick line between the practical people who have no spice or imagination in their life, and those who believe that anything is possible and wake up every day happy and looking forward to what is to come.
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    Mar 13, 2011 1:06 AM GMT
    matt13226 saidthat would be cool if atlantis is there and if atlantis is of greek origin how did the greeks get all the way over to spain.


    Well its actually possible that its not Greek but instead Phoenician, who were a Maritime traders in the Mediterranean and established colonies in various costal locations that include Spain, it is possible that a group of people from this culture went on to establish a more advanced city at some point. The greeks and romans would have known of the city in their trade so thus the record of it.

    I dunno, whatever it is its fascinating!
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    Mar 13, 2011 6:39 AM GMT
    Another theory is that Atlantis was the world before the Great Flood (let's suspend judgment on whether the flood was a local, superlocal, or global event)

    ...and that the sons of Noah (and whatever other survivors) carried the influences and technology of that antediluvian world away into the radically re-shaped world to become the Pheonicians (Caphtorim), the Egyptians, the Inca, the Maya, the Indus Valley peoples, and the progenitors of the great East Asian nations...

    And failing that, there is always the Great Green Arklesiezure theory. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 13, 2011 7:09 AM GMT
    matt13226 saidthat would be cool if atlantis is there and if atlantis is of greek origin how did the greeks get all the way over to spain.
    too bad there are no mermaids/mermans. sorry ariel, u dont exist in the real world. only the lost city of atlantis exist. XD
  • GQjock

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    Mar 13, 2011 2:08 PM GMT
    The city of Atlantis was actually a Minoan Society that was devastated by the early bronze age eruption on the Island that we call Santorini
    The Island had an advanced civilization for its time
    and that civilization was mythologized first by word of mouth and then by Greek and later Roman poets

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    Mar 15, 2011 4:27 PM GMT
    More details here:
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/europe/researchers-claim-they-found-atlantis-in-a-spanish-swamp/article1941953/

    Standing in a vast, mosquito-infested swamp in the pounding heat of southern Spain, Paul Bauman did not feel as though he was on the verge of uncovering a legendary world.

    “I’m not a myth chaser, I’m not into pyramids or alien landings,” said the Calgary based geophysicist. “It crossed my mind more than once, ‘What are we doing here on this wild goose chase?’”

    But Mr. Bauman, who works at Alberta engineering company WorleyParsons, where he spends most of his time tracking contaminants or searching for water supplies, was part of an international team that now claims to have located the lost world of Atlantis.

    On Sunday, the National Geographic Channel aired a documentary called Finding Atlantis, which will be shown in Canada on March 27 on the Discovery Channel.

    It chronicles the work of a team led by University of Hartford archaeologist Richard Freund, who believes he has found the mythical advanced society of antiquity in the muddy sediment of a Spanish marsh.

    The lost city of Atlantis, according to the writing of Plato, was located on an island just past the Pillars of Hercules, known today as the Strait of Gibraltar, and was wiped out when an earthquake triggered a powerful wall of water that submerged it forever.

    “It just so happens that just past the Straits of Gibraltar, there is a 250-square-kilometre marsh that was inundated by a tsunami in antiquity,” said Dr. Freund on Monday. “In light of what we’ve seen in Japan, you really can understand how the power of a tsunami could wipe a place off the face of the Earth.”

    In September, 2009, Dr. Freund and his team arrived in the Marisma de Hinojos marsh in southern Spain, part of the Coto Doñana National Park, to investigate aerial photographs that showed a geographic anomaly beneath the marsh.

    The mud flats are dry for just two months a year and closed to the public, but the satellite imagery had revealed a circular area in the center of the marsh, and German archeologist Werner Wickboldt has hypothesized that other visible structures resemble those Plato describes in his writings on Atlantis.

    Instead of digging, Mr. Bauman and his team of geophysicists employed electrical resistivity tomography, a kind of MRI for the earth, to peer beneath the ground.

    Mr. Bauman specializes in near-surface imaging, which has recently been employed in “non-invasive archeology” around the world.


    (For the whole thing click the link above)
  • Celticmusl

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    Mar 15, 2011 4:34 PM GMT
    All red heads are descendants of Atlantis. True fact.
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    Mar 15, 2011 4:35 PM GMT
    Caslon17000 saidI want to see the show first. This seems odd.



    I'm waiting for the 3D movie before I respond.
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    Mar 15, 2011 5:01 PM GMT
    I'm pretty sure they've been floating this theory for decades. Just issuing new press releases to drum up interest for some reason, I suspect.
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    Mar 15, 2011 5:02 PM GMT
    Fascinating.
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    Mar 15, 2011 5:07 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidI'm pretty sure they've been floating this theory for decades. Just issuing new press releases to drum up interest for some reason, I suspect.


    The articles point to the usage of relatively recent technologies used in the world of mining. That Globe and Mail article profiles someone who is a geophysicist who works with an engineering company that tracks contaminants from Calgary (which probably does either a lot of oil and gas or mining work).

    It's pretty amazing what you can "see" now below ground without actually digging.
  • LJay

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    Mar 15, 2011 5:10 PM GMT
    Well it is an interesing thing to think about when we need some relief from the day to day.

    But does it really matter? After all, the bars there will be closed by now anyway.icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 15, 2011 5:14 PM GMT
    Then how come I read about it in Anadalusia tourism brochures at least five years ago? Though in the 90's, I think they were claiming that it was around Huelva somewhere.

    BTW: Some of the biggest mines in the world (now mostly played out) in that area. They've got all the toys to play with.
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    Mar 15, 2011 5:31 PM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidThere's a big thick line between the practical people who have no spice or imagination in their life, and those who believe that anything is possible and wake up every day happy and looking forward to what is to come.



    Wow...Thanks for this statement....You have perfectly worded what I have always tried to express in my posts. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 15, 2011 5:40 PM GMT
    GQjock saidThe city of Atlantis was actually a Minoan Society that was devastated by the early bronze age eruption on the Island that we call Santorini
    The Island had an advanced civilization for its time
    and that civilization was mythologized first by word of mouth and then by Greek and later Roman poets

    This is what I had concluded some 40 years ago. Though I could not be published, having no academic credentials in this field.

    I also thought the Thera (Santorini) eruption was connected with the Biblical Exodus. My ideas were laughed at. Ah, well, I see some confirmation today of what I proposed decades ago. I just lack the correct degrees. icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 15, 2011 5:43 PM GMT
    I'm gonna go with the archaeologists on this one...not enough evidence to draw a conclusion. It's all still theories and speculation.
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    Mar 15, 2011 6:09 PM GMT
    I smell bullshit.
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    Mar 15, 2011 6:12 PM GMT
    Quite interesting. I'm a sucker for lost civilizations.