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The Lost City of Atlantis

A beautiful lush city, technologically sophisticated and geographically abundant with all the riches– sounds like a peaceful utopia that can only exist in one’s imagination. But what if the peaceful utopia was once existent, in what is fabled to be a sunken civilization– the legendary empire of Atlantis?

Long lost in the books of history, it was believed that Atlantis was a myth created by a  creative writer in the past. For the longest time, individuals have contemplated the presence of the Lost City of Atlantis. The first mention of the lost city dates as far back as when Plato expounded on the anecdotal island of half-people, half-Gods in the discoursed Timaeus and Critias. In due time, however, all these myths were busted by scientists and geologists who brought  various other conspiracies up to the surface. For the greater part of the previous two centuries, nobody contemplated Atlantis; it was exactly what it seemed to be  by all accounts: merely an anecdotal place accounted  in a tale by the old Greek savant. The possibility of the genuine existence of  Atlantis emerged as a much later thought, first proposed by an essayist named Ignatius Donnelly in 1881. He believed that the majority of the essential achievements of the old world —, for example, metallurgy, farming, religion and dialect — probably originated from Atlantis.

Centuries ago when the question of existence of Atlantis came, there was no sufficient evidence regarding the location of the legendary submerged land. With progress  towards technological advancements, the search for the lost history has become easier. There is a plethora of speculations about the area. While a few people contend Santorini is Atlantis,  others contend that the waters off Bimini are concealing a street to the lost city. Another view that persists is the idea  that Atlantis emerged out of the Atlantic Ocean. This idea follows from an assumption of the existence of an island between Africa and Spain that is separated by the Straits of Gibraltar. Spartel Island, now only a mud shore submerged 60 meters in the Atlantic Ocean, lies  west of the Straits of Gibraltar, and seems to be at the estimated location of Atlantis.   ..

Another speculation lies in the existence of the Bimini Road, found under 15 feet of water on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, at North Bimini Island in the Bahamas. The Bimini Road is a half mile long street of impeccably adjusted limestone rocks, most fantastic when seen from the air.  The Bimini Road is accepted by many to be a piece of the remnants of Atlantis. A few cynics trust that these stones are a characteristic natural arrangement, and not man-made. Be that as it may,, because of confirmation revealed at the range, numerous specialists oppose this idea. Notable is the fact that this site was “found” precisely  where Edgar Cayce, an American psychic and prehistorian, had anticipated Atlantis to rise.  In addition,  underneath the arrangement of the stones in the Bimini road, there is another layer of stones, arranged similarly. This revelation could show to indicate the existence of not a street, but perhaps a divider.  On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean from Bimini, another area has, as of late, been examined as a conceivable possibility for the remaining parts of Atlantis.

Since the inception of the possibility of a real existence of  Atlantis ,various historians and their groups have worked extensively to solve the mystery of the lost city by bringing up possible theories that intrigued the minds of curious readers. The closest reasoning given to the disappearance of Atlantis is its submergence by large oceanic waves or a natural calamity. As a fable, recounting the tale of Atlantis by ancestral generations was maybe used as a way to inculcate reverence for nature amongst people- when people carried out destructive practices and unchecked development, nature retaliated by wiping out an entire civilization.

Perhaps the reality of Atlantis can only be proven if and when it resurfaces majestically, after years spent in water.

-Contributed by Keerthana

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