The Background Of Atlantis
Somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, 11,000 years ago, there existed an island known as Atlantis. The island was considered a center hub for trade and commerce due to it's various natural resources found throughout the island. Atlantis was know as home to Poseidon, the god of the sea. Atlantis was a naval military power located " in front of the Pillars of Hercules". After failing to successfully invade Athens, Atlantis was sunk into the ocean in one night.
This description comes from the accounts of Plato, the famous Greek philosopher.
To this day, there is well over a dozen sites around the world believed to be the location of Atlantis.
The Azores are a group of islands located about 930 miles west from Portugal. Together, there are 9 islands in this island cluster that form Azores. Many scholars believe that Azores once was a large landmass around the size of Spain. It's suspected that the landmass suffered large cataclysms and eventually sunk into the ocean. It's believed that the nine islands are the surviving mountains of this once large landmass.
Many researchers and authors have evidence to support the location of Atlantis being in southern Spain. Two rectangular shapes, and several ring shapes are clearly visible on satellite images, which closely resemble descriptions given by Plato. The suggested location is almost directly in the center of the Donana Marshes. This location is also near the Pillar Of Hercules and the Mediterranean Sea.
Bimini is a small island located in the Bahamas. In 1968, pilots noticed what appeared to be structures, roads, and walls around Bimini Island. Upon closer inspection, a potentially man made road was discovered. It features pairs of 2 ton stones with right angles, forming a straight quarter mile long road, known as The Bimini Road. There is also a small structure that extends for about 100 meters but disappears into the sand. To this day, it's unknown if this is man made, or natural limestone rock, but many believe this just can not be a natural formation .
One theory that has been passed around is the possibility of Atlantis being Thera. The island of Thera is now modern day Santorini, Greece. Thera was part of the Minoan Empire in ancient Greece. Around 1470 BC, a massive volcanic eruption occurred, turning Thera from a single land mass, into smaller islands. Based on Plato's description, geographically Thera fits as a probable location for Atlantis, and the eruption supports Plato's description of the city being "sunk into the ocean".
In 2004, American researcher Robert Sarmast claimed that he had discovered the long lost city of Atlantis. He pointed to an area in the Mediterranean Sea, just southeast of Cyprus. Sarmast claims that approximately 10,00 years ago a blocked corridor created a massive area of contained water near Atlantis. When a large earthquake unblocked the corridor, the large amount of water overwhelmed and flooded the city of Atlantis. Artifacts and structures found in the area, suggest that a civilization existed. For now though, Robert Sarmast's claim remains a theory.
Other theories have placed locations of Atlantis in Antarctica, The Black Sea, Turkey, Malta, The Canary Islands, Indonesia, and the Sahara Desert.
Where is Atlantis?
Until clear evidence and science finds the exact location of Atlantis, it remains a story of imagination of Plato.