2.3 – UNDERWATER WORLDS (11.11.10)

ATLANTIS [4b]

Covering more than 71% of the planet, the Earth’s oceans are a vast and largely unexplored mystery. For most of recorded history, man could only guess at what lay beneath the ocean’s surface. But new technologies are reaching new depths. Researchers around the world are finding the unexpected – underwater complexes and sophisticated monuments that defy the conventional historical record.

“There are remains of urban civilizations on parts of the Earth that were exposed on land 10,000 and more years ago. And this means that urban civilization is far older, by many thousands of years, than many scientists now believe possible.”

Michael Cremo (Author, Forbidden Archaeology)

Scientific theory suggests that during Earth’s last Ice Age, ocean levels were once much lower than they are today.

“You have to envisage a world in which there are two-mile-deep ice caps sitting on top of northern Europe and North America, in which are accumulated enormous quantities of water. And we know that this water began to melt about 21,000 years ago, and finished melting about 10,000 years ago.”

Graham Hancock (Author, Fingerprints of the Gods)

As a result, rich coastal lands were slowly submerged by rising sea levels.

“Ten million square miles of land was flooded all around the world. That’s roughly the size of Europe and China added together…were just rubbed from the record. They just disappear from the story. And in my opinion, archaeology is not doing enough work to investigate those lost and submerged lands.”

Graham Hancock (Author, Fingerprints of the Gods)

While much of the ocean’s floor remains unexplored, for thousands of years, philosophers and scientists have been drawn to one of the greatest mysteries of the sea, the legend of the lost city of Atlantis.

“It’s been said that more books have been written about Atlantis than any other subject. But most of what we know comes from the Greek philosopher Plato, who wrote two books about Atlantis, the Timaeus and the Critias.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Written in 360 BC, Plato described Atlantis as a highly advanced city, ringed by concentric walls, which flourished 9,000 years before his own time.

“There are descriptions of huge palaces for kings. It’s stated that Atlantis had huge naval forces, which it used to conquer other parts of the world. It was an urban civilization. According to the ancient Greek texts, Atlantis was connected with extraterrestrials from the beginning. It was founded by the Greek god Poseidon. Poseidon can be regarded as an extraterrestrial in the sense of not being of this Earth.”

Michael Cremo (Author, Forbidden Archaeology)

“Poseidon, one of the extraterrestrial, found a pretty, wonderful, young woman-girl on Earth. And he took this woman-girl, made her pregnant. And to protect his new family, he founded Atlantis.’

Erich von Däniken (Author, Chariots of the Gods?)

According to the legend, after a failed attempt to invade Athens, disaster struck the island.

“According to Plato, Atlantis was destroyed in a day and a night…a cataclysmic destruction that sank the entire island and its capital city. Some researchers believe that the Atlantians somehow destroyed themselves.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

According to Plato, Atlantis was located in front of the Pillars of Hercules, a location beyond what some scholars attribute to modern Gibraltar.

“And to the ancients, as they left the Mediterranean Sea to go into the larger Atlantic Ocean, this was where they went beyond the Pillars of Hercules between Spain and Morocco.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Across the Atlantic lies the island chain of the Bahamas, just southeast of Florida. Here, in 1968, archaeologist J. Manson Valentine believed he found part of Atlantis when he discovered an unusual rock formation off the coast of North Bimini Island.

“It’s only in about 12 to 18 feet of water, so you can view it easily. At first, scientists thought this was just beach rock, but then several other scientists exploring the Bimini Road noticed that the beach rock was on top of other beach rock, with balancing stones wedged in between. And nature doesn’t’ do that; man does. And they realized this is a harbor, a breakwater for a harbor. From the shallow edges of Bimini all the way to the Gulf Stream in 300 feet of water, we have found many fascinating complexities that look like remnants of ancient cities or structures – roads, pathways, structures covered in coral.”

– John Van Auken (Author / Lecturer),
(Dir., Edgar Cayce Foundation), (Author, Ancient Egyptian Mysticism)

Could the Bimini ruins be remnants of Atlantis? And if so, could these roads lead to other sites buried under sand and water? In the year 2000, while mapping the seafloor off the western coast of Cuba, a research expedition led by Russian-Canadian oceanographer Paulina Zelitsky spotted symmetrical stone structures deep below the water. Remarkably, they were over a half mile down.

“Divers cannot do this kind of investigation, so we have to use remote operating vehicle. And this vehicle is equipped with video cameras and manipulators. And it controlled from the deck of the ship.”

Paulina Zelitsky, P. Eng. (Director, Exploramar)

The expedition was also armed with side-scan sonar equipment used to create images of large areas of the seafloor and underwater objects.

“I was in control room on board of the ship, and we were receiving that image coming from side-scan. And this is just one of the many other images that we were obtaining of, the 80, structures made of large stones placed one on top of another.”

Paulina Zelitsky, P. Eng. (Director, Exploramar)

“Well, what do they end up with? It is an image that shows these rectangular 90-degree angles, over and over and over, on very large structures that seemed to have wide avenues.”

– Linda Moulton Howe
(Author / Investigative Journalist, Earthfiles)

The exploration found huge stone blocks in pyramid shapes, others more circular. Most were gigantic, reaching 16-feet in height and weighing several tons. 30 geometric structures emerged, appearing to be the remains of streets, buildings, tunnels and pyramids, all at a depth of 2,200 feet below the surface of the water.

“We might well have here the evidence of a prehistoric culture that would probably go back tens of thousands of years, and that’s very exciting indeed.”

– Andrew Collins (Author, Gateway to Atlantis),
(The Cygnus Mystery), (Beneath the Pyramids),
(Göbekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods)

Using dating techniques based on the presence of nearby volcanic ash, geologists estimated the underwater city sank over 6,000 years ago.

“Could this be, a half mile down, some part of the sunken Atlantis from 9,000, 10,000 years ago that Plato talked about?”

– Linda Moulton Howe
(Author / Investigative Journalist, Earthfiles)

“Well, the Atlantis myth is integrally related with the area of the Caribbean and the Bahamas, in particular Cuba. Plato talks about an island empire. He’s probably talking about dozens of different islands of different sizes, not just in the western Atlantic, but probably stretching out right into the central Atlantic area.”

– Andrew Collins (Author, Gateway to Atlantis),
(The Cygnus Mystery), (Beneath the Pyramids),
(Göbekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods)

Both the Cuban and the Bahaman ruins lie on the western edge of the Bermuda Triangle, an area of ocean covering over 500,000 square miles, known for magnetic anomalies, extraterrestrial sightings and unexplained disappearances of aircraft and ships. Could there be a connection between Atlantis and the area known as the Devil’s Triangle?

“On the edge of the Bermuda Triangle, there are underwater ruins of the ancient city of Atlantis, the prehistoric city of Atlantis. So, yes, there is a theory that Atlantis lies, not near Greece, but in the Bermuda Triangle.”

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine)

If Plato’s texts are true, then other Greek myths may provide a hint of the true fate of Atlantis. One myth tells of the Titan goddess named Asteria, who fell from the sky and became an island.

“In ancient Greece, we have a number of myths which describe islands – bronze, gleaming islands – that fell from the sky and landed in water. I don’t think that Atlantis, therefore, was an actual stationary, physical island. Atlantis, according to Plato, disappeared in one night with a lot of fire and a lot of smoke. See, I don’t think that Atlantis sank. I think Atlantis lifted off.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

 

Was Atlantis a safe haven for Ancient Aliens before the end of Earth’s last Ice Age? And if so, could there be other alien cities submerged deep underwater?

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