Monday, March 18, 2013

Can Antarctica be the Lost Continent Atlantis?

     Here are a few comments on a Vatic Report article concerning the Theory of Continental Drift and the possible whereabouts of Atlantis.
     Over the past hundred years or so, the ocean floor has been so thoroughly mapped that we can say with reasonable certainty that Atlantis, if it ever existed, is not on the ocean floor.  A recent Vatic Report article suggests that Atlantis may be buried beneath two miles of ice on the South Pole.  As per the Theory of Continental Drift (and perhaps Polar Shift), Atlantis is said to have drifted, over a brief span of time, to where the South Pole now lies.
     The fossil record supports this theory.  Fossilized leafy plants have been found under miles of Antarctic ice.  Since leafy plants can't thrive in an area that receives only six months of sunlight a year, either the continent or the globe must have shifted.
     When comparing centuries-old maps to places today, we must take into account both the cartographic skills of the day and what could have been actually known at the times the maps were drawn.  It's useful, then, to make a few comparisons to determine just how closely two maps of places can resemble each other before we can suppose that the two maps must represent the same place.
     Below are three maps of Taiwan:
     Now let's compare two maps of Japan:

     Below are four maps to compare.  One (A) is the Piri Reis map of Terra Australis Incognito (Southern Unknown Land), which, according to the 1513 map, was located where Antarctica is located today.  The next (B) is Antarctica as it would appear without ice.  Map (C) is an 1891 depiction of Atlantis, drawn from descriptions in myth and legend.  It's worth noting that the map was drawn well before the earliest exploration of Antarctica.  Map (D) is Antarctica as it is  mapped today.
     As you can see, the maps of Atlantis, Antarctica, and Terra Australis Incognita are as close a match to each other as the three maps of Taiwan.  In fact, they more closely resemble each other than the two maps of Japan.  This doesn't prove that Atlantis, Antarctica, and Terra Australis Incognita are the same place.  It does, however, help to make a case for the belief.
     Skeptics would have a hard time making a case for a theory that Patroclus Kampanakis's 1891 map of Atlantis was a deliberate rendering of the Piri Reis map or Antarctica.  The Piri Reis map had been unknown to the West, lost, and not discovered until 1929.  (source) 
     Accurate maps of Antarctica were still later in coming.  According to Paul Cooper of British Antarctic Survey’s Mapping and Geographic Information Centre (MAGIC), “It wasn’t until 1983 that the first broadly accurate map of Antarctica was produced. That was the first time a map brought together enough information for us to be pretty sure that we’d got all the major features in the right places.” (source) (emphasis added)
     The importance of this issue to our time is the understanding that it may shed some light on the origins of today's civilizations.  There may well have been a highly advanced civilization on Earth more than 12,000 years ago.  The survivors of whatever destroyed that early civilization may have contributed to "civilization" as we know it today.
     For more information, see Vatic Project's "Zero Point: Messages from the Past, part 1 of 3."
     

1 comment:

  1. Yes it is, i have found studying ancient XV ancient maps. But if you take closer look at newest satelite maps, you will find France and England take advantage of exploration of Atlantis.

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