Atlantis is a famed ancient city that has been been searched for, found, and lost many times over for centuries.
Plato and Atlantis (The History)
The famous ancient Greek philosopher Plato was planning to write a trilogy of books in 355 BC about the nature of man, the creation of the world, and the story of Atlantis. His trilogy of books turned out to not come to be, only the first book was completed, the second stopped halfway through, and the third was never written. In his first book, Plato wrote about a place called "Atlantis" which was said to be on an island just west of "The Pillars of Hercules" which are now known as "The Straight of Gibraltar". In his writings about Atlantis, Plato talks about how Poseidon(the God of the Sea) was father to five sets of twins on the island. Each of Poseidon's children were given a section of the island to rule over.
The city of Atlantis was an architectural and engineering marvel for the time. The city revolved around a hill at the center of the island where Poseidon's temple was located. Inside that temple was a statue of six horses with wings being driven by Poseidon made of solid gold. Around the city ran an astonishing series of concentric walls and canals. The famed city of Atlantis was a place of vast elegance and wealth. Around 9000 years before Plato's time, the people of Atlantis became filled with corruption and greed. As punishment the gods destroyed them by summoning a huge earthquake which caused huge waves to overcome the island and sank it to the depth of the sea, only for it to never be seen again.
Now the real question… Was Platos story real? Or was it just being used as a literary device used by Plato to make a point? These are the questions that will only be put to rest if Atlantis is found.
Northwest Coast of Africa
About 620 miles off the west African coast, near the Canary islands, a network of criss-crossed lines was picked up by sonar. These lines exist in a perfect rectangular pattern on the bottom of the ocean. This rectangular area is approximately the size of the country Wales. Further exploration of these "lines" have been slowed because of the water depth and unsettled seas.
The lines were discovered by Google Ocean's underwater exploration tool. The Aeronautical engineer who discovered the lines claims that it looks like an "aerial map" of a city.
American researchers claim to have found convincing evidence that locates the site of the lost kingdom of Atlantis off the coast of Cyprus. Six days of underwater exploration and research between the Cyprus and Syria coast revealed large manmade structures underwater. Also found were two manmade walls that were in a perfectly straight line about two kilometers long. The explorers say that their discoveries "match accounts of the city written by Plato".
"The hill, as a whole, basically looks like a walled hillside territory and this hillside territory matches Plato's description of Acropolis hill with prefect precision," -news.bbc.uk
Modern day Santorini,Greece is another possible spot for the famed city of Atlantis. Off the coast of the Greek island of Santorini there is evidence of volcanic rock as far as 30 kilometers off shore. This is evidence of a very large volcanic explosion that is estimated to have happened 3500 years ago. Off the coast there is volcanic ash up to 260 feet thick. This ash would have suffocated people within 80 kilometers of the blast. This is a possible explanation of the disappearance of a whole civilization. The volcanic eruption would have caused a series of tsunamis that pounded the coast of the small island. Today there is evidence of a human civilization buried under the volcanic ash. The volcanic eruption is estimated to have had 40,000 times the force of the nuclear bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. The huge crater that was left from the blast was said to have been quickly filled in by rushing waves of the ocean.It is within this huge crater wherethe famed Atlantis was possibly located.
On the southern coast of modern day spain, a group of American researchers are adamant that they have found evidence of a city believed to be flattened by a powerful tsunami. They used satellite imaging technology to survey an area near Cadiz, off Spain's southern coast. Dr. Richard Freund a professor at Harvard University claims that they have enough evidence to show that there once was a city, that is buried in mud right on the Spanish coast. He used Google earth's satellite technology to basically MRI the ground and look for unnatural patterns under the surface of the Earth. He found a near perfect circle and connecting parallel line to be underneath the surface of southern Spain. These findings in conjunction with ancient stones with markings similar to Plato's, he believes are memorials to this once great city from descendants who escaped just in time, before the whole city was flattened and buried.
Richard Freund's Atlantis search in Spain
There has been plenty of potential sites for Atlantis, but no real hard factual evidence to say exactly where it is located. Or it could be from the writing of Plato, just a legend. The world may never know if this place actually existed or not. The only way to put this search to rest is to find some hard evidence one way or another. As it stands today, Atlantis has not been found, and it has not been disproven. So as the Mythbusters would say, Atlantis is not busted, or confirmed, it is "plausible".