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Historic Atlantis in Bolivia

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: PlatoPlato (Greek philosopher 380BC) writing in his works Timaeus   and Critias described a atlantisisland large continent with a wonderful civilisation which he said existed at one time at "a distant point in the Atlantic Ocean" opposite the Strait of Gibraltar. He called the continent Atlantis and said it sank into the sea in the space of a single day and night. Thus arose the legend of the lost continent of Atlantis.

The Problem: Modern geology says a continent cannot sink beneath the sea in the space of a single day and no such continent has sunk into the Atlantic Ocean.

The Real Problem: The question has always been, was Plato's Atlantis based on a real place and real events, or was it simply a story he made up?

The Test: The test must be this, is there a geographic location or sequence of events that matches the actual description given by Plato?


The Solution: The lost continent of Atlantis is still there opposite the Pillars of Hercules (Strait of Gibraltar) only now it has been re-named South America.

The key to the mystery of Atlantis is that Plato is describing both a large continent and a small volcanic island of the same name. The continent had a large, level rectangular plain at its centre and in the centre of the plain was the small volcanic island which later became the city of Atlantis. It was only the small island city which sank into the sea and not the entire continent.

atlantis island   the island city of Atlantis

Background: Plato's description exactly fits South America because that is the continent which is opposite the Pillars of Hercules and because the level rectangular plain he described is to be found in the centre of that continent, midway along the longest side exactly as he described it. The city in turn lay on the level rectangular plain, five miles from the sea which is an inland sea and according to Plato the whole region was high above the level of the Ocean sea, rising sheer out of the ocean sea to a great height on that side of the continent. Thus we have both a lost city of Atlantis as well as a lost continent of Atlantis.

south america model

Model of the island continent with the rectangular level plain arrowed. The translation from Plato by Desmond Lee tells us "in the centre of the island near the sea was a plain which was enclosed by mountains, and the region as a whole was high above the level of the sea. The plain was uniformly flat, rectangular in shape and lay midway along the longest side of the continent."

Therefore:  It was not the continent of Atlantis which sank into the sea, but the island capital of the same name, built around a volcanic island which sank into the inland sea of Lake Poopo which exists on the edge of the rectangular plain presently called the Bolivian Altiplano.

Atlantis, the rectangular plain Modern satellite mapping shows the plain, now called the Altiplano to be of rectangular configuration, perfectly level, enclosed on all sides by mountains and these mountains contained the metals gold, silver, copper, tin and the mysterious Orichalcum" (an alloy of gold and copper which occurs only in the Andes) which Plato said were used to plate the walls of the circular city. The words "Atl" and "Antis" are themselves of native America origins meaning "water" and "copper" respectively and the plain is subject to earthquakes and floods such as Plato said sank the city in a single day and night of rainfall.

Sinking into the Sea People sometimes say; "How can Atlantis be in the Andes when it is supposed to have sunk into the sea?" We must remember that Atlantis according to Plato was on a level plain which was "high above the level of the sea and surrounded by mountains". Yet the city was on a level plain and only 5 miles from the sea and connected to the sea by a canal. The only way the city can be on a level plain and 5 miles from the sea and yet at the same time "high above the level of the sea" is if there are in fact two seas, that is here, the Ocean Sea enclosing the island continent and the inland sea adjacent to the city. In fact the entire plain has been periodically submerged beneath the sea ie it became a giant inland sea at various dates going back thousands of years succeeded by dry periods.

Atlantis, the way to other islands map
Atlantis was "at a distant point in the Atlantic Ocean, larger than Libya and Asia together and it was possible for the travellers of that time to cross from it to the other islands, and from the islands to the whole of the continent encompassing the veritable ocean." - meaning from Atlantis via the Pacific islands to the continent of Eurasia

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