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Could the island city of Nan Madol be Atlantis?

November 6, 2017 | Comment icon 57 comments



Could Nan Madol be the site of Atlantis ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 CT Snow
Built on an island in the middle of the Pacific, this mysterious ancient city remains a modern-day enigma.
Famously documented by the Greek philosopher Plato, Atlantis was said to be a continent situated in the middle of the Atlantic that was inhabited by a highly advanced and prosperous civilization.

According to legend, the Atlanteans ultimately fell out of favor with the gods and the entire island was submerged beneath the waves. Real-world theories suggest that if Atlantis did exist, it may have been sunk by a tsunami, a sustained period of volcanism or some other ancient disaster.

More recently however, the peculiar island city of Nan Madol, which is situated thousands of miles from anywhere in the middle of the Pacific, has been attracting the attention of Atlantis hunters.
Dating back as far as 2,000 years, this mysterious city consists of several sections separated by tidal canals and is sheltered from the ocean by a series of 12 sea walls. The level of expertise exhibited in its construction, as well as its peculiar location, have been puzzling scientists for years.

"It now looks like Nan Madol represents a first in Pacific Island history," said Mark McCoy from Texas Southern Methodist University. "To me, in its prime Nan Madol was a capital."

"It was the seat of political power, the center of the most important religious rituals, and the place where the former chiefs of the island were laid to rest."



Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (57)


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Comment icon #48 Posted by qxcontinuum 5 years ago
it's much more than that, there are facts backing up this theory,  more than others like he island city of Nan Madol...black sea was just a lake by the time Mediterranean sea waters penetrated though the land creating what is known today by Dardanelles tide . 
Comment icon #49 Posted by badeskov 5 years ago
What facts?!
Comment icon #50 Posted by qxcontinuum 5 years ago
The Atlantic Sea means the Black Sea: This Sea used to be in-naviable due to methane and hydrosulfide gas resulting from the biological death of the sea as a consequence of inflowing saltwater into the freshwater lake. Rising gas bubbles lead a ship to immediately sink because the relative density of water with bubbles rapidly deteriorates. The methane gas is stored within the sediments at the bottom of the sea. The early Greece still called the sea “inhospitable sea”. The Atlantic Ocean itself received its name from a misled location of Atlantis; consequently, this name does not give a clue t... [More]
Comment icon #51 Posted by qxcontinuum 5 years ago
more to read; http://www.black-sea-atlantis.com/black-sea-atlantis/
Comment icon #52 Posted by Solipsi Rai 5 years ago
Since it's in the middle of the Pacific, not Atlantic ocean, Nan Madol would be the lost continent or Lemuria or "Mu". The lost city of Atlantis, based on geodetic map studies, is most likely Ireland, which faces the Atlantic. And theories about Atlantis linked to the Aztec empire (their self-name is A(z)tlan), perhaps in central Mexico between the two oceans.  
Comment icon #53 Posted by jmccr8 5 years ago
And you think that there could be an Island contentent the size of Asia in the Black Sea before it was flooded, that is truely a unique concept. jmccr8
Comment icon #54 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats 5 years ago
I thought Lemuria was named after the Lemur and theorised as a way to bridge the existence of thr Lemur on mainland Africa and Madagascar.  
Comment icon #55 Posted by Harte 5 years ago
The Atlantic Sea is the Atlantic Ocean to us. The term "Atlantic" derives from Atlantis, yes, but Atlantis actually means "of Atlas." It was called the Sea of Atlas, in other words. "Sea" because Oceanus was thought of differently at the time, and "of Atlas" because it was far in the West, where Atlas supposedly held up the heavens. Harte
Comment icon #56 Posted by Trelane 5 years ago
So despite no evidence to date, there is still a push for the lost continent? *sighs*
Comment icon #57 Posted by KevinCthulhu 5 years ago
Yep, Oceanus was the 'world ocean' the giant body of water which surrounded the world which was believed to be a single large landmass with a few islands.  Alexander the Great believed the Caspian was an arm of Ocean because he believed he near the edge of the world once he passed the Jaxartes River, meaning the Caspian seemed likely to be an inlet.  He also believed that when he sailed into the Indian Ocean he was in Ocean since it was thought to be the same body of water.


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