A U.S.-led research team believes that they may have located the lost city of Atlantis and uncovered one of the world’s greatest mysteries. Using philosopher Plato’s 2,600-year-old written accounts of the city having been situated on the Straits of Gibraltar, (known then as the Pillars of Hercules) the team inspected satellite images that revealed what appears to be the legendary concentric rings of Atlantis submersed in the Dona Ana Park marshlands north of Cadiz, Spain.
(A computer-generated map of the research findings)
According to Plato’s Dialogues, the city disappeared into the sea between a single day and night. “It is just so hard to understand that [water] can wipe out 60 miles inland, and that’s pretty much what we’re talking about,” said University of Hartford professor Richard Freund who led an international research team in search of the real Atlantis.
The Iberian peninsula is no stranger to tsunamis though. In 1755, Lisbon experienced one of the most devastating earthquakes on record followed by what is estimated to have been a 10-story wall of water, which completely inundated the city and by many accounts caused more damage than the quake itself.
Previously, it was believed that Atlantis may have been located around Italy or Greece on the islands of Sardinia, Cyprus or Santorini. The new finding was followed by archeological and geological surveys in 2009 and 2010, which provide considerable evidence that, alas, the lost city of Atlantis may have truly been found.
“Finding Atlantis,” which documents the quest to find Atlantis will re-air on Sunday, March 20th on the National Geographic Channel.