by Ellen Lloyd
December 07, 2020
from AncientPages Website

The quest for

the lost underwater land

has not ended.


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The legendary lost continent of Atlantis appears in ancient myths and legends all over the world.

Ancient people were familiar with a marvelous land that vanished a very long time ago.

Researchers have debated the existence of Atlantis for years.


Some say the continent is nothing but a myth, while others are convinced, we will one day uncover the remains of this long-lost land.

Finding the remains of Atlantis is challenging because it’s difficult to determine where to look.


Also, let us assume we do find ancient underwater ruins,

how can we say with certainty these are the remains of Atlantis?

There are many submerged ancient cities...

There are several underwater ruins in various places around the world and all of them could be part of Atlantis.

'Atlantis' is Greek for the 'Island of Atlas'...

The sunken continent of Atlantis was mentioned by Plato in his dialogues Timaeus and Critias.

Plato relates the legend of a powerful nation that around 9,500 B.C. inhabited a continent greater in size than ancient Libya and Asia combined.

According to Plato, this powerful nation attacked and conquered Europe and Asia.

Apparently, only the Greeks were able to prevail against them.

As the story goes, sometime after the invasion the Greeks and the Atlanteans were swallowed up by the sea. The disaster happened quickly and unexpectedly.

Over the years several researchers claim to have uncovered parts of the sunken legendary continent and there have been several speculations regarding the location of the sunken land.

For example, in Atlantis - The Lost Continent Finally Found, Professor Arysio Santos makes a persuasive and well-researched case for Atlantis being in the region of Indonesia.

"Atlantis was never found because we have all been looking in the wrong places. Realizing that, we started to look for the spot where an entire sunken continent could be hiding itself.


Geology afforded the correct, irrefutable answer:

down under the South China Sea, that is where.

The rest followed quite naturally and, in fact, far more serendipitously than we ourselves could ever have imagined beforehand," late Professor Arysio Santos explained.


1997 Interview with Prof. Arysio Santos

We have seen on previous occasions scientists are making remarkable progress in the area of underwater archeology, but a huge portion of our oceans still remains unexplored.

According to the National Ocean Service (NOA), it is estimated that only 5 percent of Earth's oceans have been explored and charted. The rest remains mostly undiscovered and unseen by humans.

With so much territory still left to explore, we can only imagine the discoveries yet to come...!

In recent years we have been given the privilege to see photos of remarkable underwater ruins like for example the magnificent legendary lost city of Heracleion.

With help of the latest technology, we have the opportunity to explore the secrets of oceans as never before.


The legendary lost underwater city of Pavlopetri is often described as the world's oldest city.

There are those who think that these underwater ruins are remains of the legendary city of Atlantis...

Some years ago, geologists discovered puzzling rocks off the coast of Rio in Brazil.


According to Roberto Ventura Santos, a top official at Brazil's Geology Service (CPRM) the granite samples were found two years ago during dredging operations in an area known as "Rio Grande Elevation", a mountain range in Brazilian and international waters.

Santos said at the time of the discovery that these rocks were likely part of a continent that sunk into the ocean when Africa and South America drifted apart 100 million years ago - dubbing the discovery the 'Brazilian Atlantis'.

Brazil's Geology Service dredged the

seabed off the coast of Rio, near the Rio Grande Elevation.

Among the rocks found were granite samples

that are thought to be part of a continent that was submerged

by the Atlantic Ocean when Africa and South America

split 100 million years ago.

Credit: Geological Service of Brazil

"This could be the Brazilian Atlantis.


We are almost certain, but we must bolster our hypothesis.


We will have final (scientific) recognition this year when we conduct drilling in the area to retrieve more samples of these rocks," Santos said then.


Could this rock be part

of the legendary lost continent of Atlantis?

Credit: Geological Service of Brazil

Initially, the scientists thought they were mistaken, but their case was bolstered when a team of Brazilian and Japanese scientists aboard Japan's manned research submersible Shinkai 6500, observed the underwater geological formation located opposite the Brazilian coast.

As researchers explored the region, they began to see that the area could be a piece of the continent that disappeared into the sea millions of years ago.

Should these rocks be considered as possible physical evidence of Atlantis?


For the time being, it is difficult to say anything about this discovery. To confirm geologists claims someone must be interested in testing these rocks and examine the underwater formations.

Unfortunately, reports of recent research are lacking, and it seems nothing has been done in years.


It happens far too often scientists discovered something of tremendous historical, archaeological, or geological interest, but follow-ups of the discoveries are unheard of...