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Ancient 'lost city' turns out to be gas leak

By T.K. Randall
June 3, 2016 · Comment icon 5 comments

The structures turned out to be natural, rather than man-made. Image Credit: US Navy/Christopher Perez
Underwater ruins off the Greek island of Zakynthos have turned out to be a geological phenomenon.
When divers came across an extensive series of courtyards and ruined structures in the shallow waters of the Mediterranean, their first thought was that they'd stumbled on a long-lost civilization.

Now though, following an extensive study of the site, researchers have revealed that the 'ruins' aren't actually man-made at all but are instead the result of a prehistoric gas leak.
Thought to have taken place during the Pliocene era more than 5 million years ago, this extensive release of methane from beneath the sea floor resulted in the formation of structures which, to the eyes of archaeologists, had looked a lot like the ruins of an ancient city.

"The disk and doughnut morphology, which looked a bit like circular column bases, is typical of mineralization at hydrocarbon seeps," said lead study author Professor Julian Andrews.

"This kind of phenomenon is quite rare in shallow waters."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (5)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Harte 8 years ago
I knew swamp gas had to be involved somehow. Harte
Comment icon #2 Posted by questionmark 8 years ago
Besides that, one day they will find an "underwater city on the coast off Karpathos..." with a whole temple. And it will be another city that never was because somebody actually uprooted the whole temple and threw it into the not cede the land to the archeologists. The place where it used to be now sports a nice house.  
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
Glad the professionals figured this out because, I must admit, I would have believed the "lost, sunken city" in this particular case.
Comment icon #4 Posted by highdesert50 8 years ago
At the end of the last ice age the sea level was substantially lower. And, since many settlements of antiquity tended to be close to water, would it not be prudent to be looking at about 120m depth for a Neolithic Atlantis.
Comment icon #5 Posted by rod64 8 years ago
I think I discovered a lost city in my undershorts

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