You may have heard buzz this past week about the "discovery" of the ancient mythical island of Atlantis. Using the new feature of Google Ocean, aeronautical engineer Bernie Bamford spotted what he thought looked like a sunken city grid on the Atlantic Ocean's floor 600 miles off the coast of northwest Africa, according to Telegraph.
Alas, this recent find was all a mistake, says Google. The DailyMail reports that Google believes the supposed grid to be just a blip -- rather than an ancient city, it represents the path of the boat that was mapping sonar information.
Although the story had the public and historians excited, we can add this to the long list of dubious theories about the location (or even existence) of Atlantis. So, why are some diehards relentlessly searching for the remains of the ancient civilization while others doubt that it existed at all?
Brian Haughton's "Hidden History" says that, if we are to believe the legend, the island of Atlantis was home to a highly advanced civilization with a bustling economy and strong army, complete with buildings plated in gold. However, a terrible natural disaster (perhaps a Tsunami from a volcanic eruption) caused the sea to envelop the island and its people.
It surprised me at first to hear that the legend comes from none other than the esteemed Greek Philosopher, Plato. Why doubt such a trustworthy source? It turns out, he was merely relating a story passed down to him -- a story, we should note, that predated Plato himself by 9000 years.
The myth and evidence of Atlantis is too deep and fascinating to do justice to in today's post, so hopefully Candace and I will get a chance to write an article and record a podcast about the subject.
Until then, let us know whether you think Atlantis is fact or fiction.