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Poseidon, the Greek God of the sea, was given the city of Atlantis and thus became their patron. (Picture by intographics via Pixabay under Creative Commons).

Poseidon, the Greek God of the sea, was given the city of Atlantis and thus became their patron. (Picture by intographics via Pixabay under Creative Commons).

Poseidon, the Greek God of the sea, was given the city of Atlantis and thus became their patron. (Picture by intographics via Pixabay under Creative Commons).

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The story of Atlantis is a timeless tale told first by the Greeks and later recounted across the world. People have always wondered where Atlantis truly was. Theories have emerged, some logical, some ridiculous, some disproved by modern science, and some waiting for disapproval. The first accounts of Atlantis were told by Plato in his stories Timaeus and Critias. An Egyptian priest is credited with telling this story to Plato. According to the priest, Atlantis was a glorious city, full of advanced technology. Their patron God was Poseidon and their king was Atlas, who was a demigod of the great Poseidon. The Atlanteans, however, grew corrupt and greedy, causing the gods to punish them by sinking the eternity of Atlantis into the sea. For decades sailing across that section of the ocean was impossible, due to the mud from the sinkage.

The story of Atlantis has spawned numerous theories. People are curious; how could an entire city, the size of a small continent, just sink into the ocean? Scientists and ordinary people alike have looked all over the world trying the find the most logical place that the remains of Atlantis could be. These scientists and ordinary people have narrowed it down to five possible locations and theories. The fifth theory is that Plato just invented the idea of Atlantis, which would be quite a disappointment, and it would take away the magic and mystery of the story. The fourth theory is that Atlantis is the story of the ancient Minoan civilization. The Minoans were wiped out by the explosion of the volcano, Thea, which triggered tsunamis that wiped out the Minoan civilization. However, the time frame of these events does not line up with the time frame Plato gave in his story. The third theory is that Atlantis was swallowed up by the Bermuda Triangle. While this theory is likely and indeed possible, it can be disproven due to the fact scientists have investigated the known artifacts and underwater structures in the area, and deemed them to be non-related to Atlantis. The second theory is that Atlantis was a mid-Atlantic continent that magically sunk into the ocean. This is a widely popular theory due to the fact it lines up pretty accurately with Plato’s story. However, modern technology and oceanography have mostly dismissed this theory. The top theory, that is closest to the mystery of Atlantis, is that Antarctica was the home and location of the ancient city. It is believed that Antarctica used to be a much more moderate climate; however, due to the shifting of the Earth, it became much colder. This would have resulted in Atlantis being covered in miles of ice, forever buried, and its people doomed.

There are thousands of theories out there. Atlantis could be made up, a tale told to children as bedtime stories, or it could have been an actual legitimate place. We may never know, however, that does not mean we should stop searching. Only five percent of the ocean has been properly mapped therefore, who knows, maybe on our journey for discovery we will find something even more mysterious and magical.  

 

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