video cams capture UFO evidence

Ufo Sightings
Ufo Photos
Ufo Videos - YouTube
Alien Abduction
Bermuda Triangle
Hollow Earth Theory
Holy Grail
Lost Civilizations
Time Travel

Latest Articles
View Contributors
Writers Needed

the latest news about UFO sightings and UFO news Today:      

Earthquake debris shores up evidence for lost city.

Seafloor survey buoys Atlantis claim

by Andreas von Bubnoff

There occurred violent earthquakes and floods. And in a single day and night of misfortune... the island of Atlantis disappeared in the depths of the sea."

This account, written by Plato more than 2,300 years ago, set scientists on the trail of the lost city of Atlantis. Did it ever exist? And if so, where was it located, and when did it disappear?

In a recent paper in Geology, Marc-Andre Gutscher of the European Institute for Marine Studies in Plouzané gives details of one candidate for the lost city: the submerged island of Spartel, west of the Straits of Gibraltar.

The top of this isle lies some 60 metres beneath the surface in the Gulf of Cadiz, having plunged beneath the waves at the end of the most recent ice age as melting glaciers caused the sea level to rise.

Geological evidence has shown that a large earthquake and a tsunami hit this island some 12,000 years ago, at roughly the location and time indicated in Plato's writings.

Gutscher has surveyed this island in detail, using sound waves reflected off the sea floor to map its contours1. His results bring mixed news to Atlantis hunters.

Ups and downs

According to sea-level measurements alone, Gutscher estimates the island "would have been reduced to wave-swept rocky islets" and would have been less than 500 metres in diameter, making it impossibly small for a sophisticated city.

But there is a saving grace. Gutscher says the island might have sunk further since those times from seismic activity.

Layers of turbidite, the sand and mud shaken up by underwater avalanches, suggest that eight earthquakes have happened in the area since Atlantis sank. Each earthquake could have resulted in a drop of the sea floor by several metres.

So 12,000 years ago, Spartel might have been 40 metres higher than expected, and could have measured five by two kilometres.

"This is an interesting contribution to the discussion," says Jacques Collina-Girard, a geologist at the University of the Mediterranean in Aix-en-Provence, who suggested Spartel as a candidate for Atlantis a few years ago.

At first, his conclusions seemed disappointing. At the time identified by Plato for the city's loss, the sea level would have been fairly high on the island's banks.


Most Popular Stories:

Larry Bryant is the author of UFO Politics in the White House
Michelle Paver is the author of Wolf Brother
UFO Captured at Pope's Funeral
Your neighbours may be aliens
Destroy All Humans - Video Game Review
Extraordinary discovery unlocks secrets of the ancients
Interview with Dr. Lynne
Utah UFO Hunters: the new area 51
China and India both know about underground UFO bases
Amazing Untold Story About Phoenix Lights
Chemicals Sickened '91 Gulf War Veterans
Rendlesham UFO Sighting
Wall Street Wizard Claims He's From Future
Best Alien Photo...
UFOs and the Murder of Marilyn Monroe

Translate this page
Translate from

UFODIGEST.COM All rights reserved.
This page contains copyrighted material the use of which has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. This website distributes this material without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. We believe this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in 17 U.S.C § 107.