A large mass of granite has been discovered on the sea floor off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.
The discovery suggests that a large continent once existed at a location in the Atlantic Ocean where some believe the legendary Atlantis was located. Described by the Greek philosopher Plato, Atlantis was said to have been a highly advanced civilization that was destroyed when the island sunk in to the sea 12,000 years ago. Despite concerted efforts by archaeological teams and researchers from all over the world no trace of the fabled civilization has ever been found.
"South America and Africa used to be a huge, unified continent," said Professor Shinichi Kawakami. "The area in question may have been left in water as the continent was separated in line with the movements of plates." On the topic of Atlantis however he was a little more skeptical. "The concept of Atlantis came way before geology of the modern age was established," he said. "We should not jump to the Atlantis (conclusion) right away."
"A large mass of granite has been found on the seabed off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, suggesting a continent may have existed in the Atlantic Ocean, the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology and the Brazilian government announced."
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Source: Japan Times
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