This article was originally published by Doug “Uncola” Lynn at TheTollOnline.com
This post will be a little “outside of the box” so to speak. It’s more of an afterthought, really. Therefore, it may not tie into current events and, specifically, the upcoming midterms and aftermath. Or, in a roundabout way, it could be exactly about those coming events. Regardless, as always, it is the reader’s choice to tag along while simultaneously, and at your whim, possessing the power of the click.
Of course, that’s just one of the bonuses of being an internet animal.
Another includes the occasional morsels discovered when hunting and gathering online. These may often be feel-good stories that reassure one’s belief in humanity. Other examples might include new scientific breakthroughs that, at the time, are only reported on the shadowy fringes of the interwebic blogosphere. Or maybe the tidbit is about a social, or health, tip that enriches one’s life. And, oftentimes, other postings are historical; even connecting antiquity with modernity in ways that resurrect the imaginations of childhood.
For instance, every time I click through another posting of Noah’s Ark being found or view scientists exploring what could be the ancient vessel that carried animals two by two, it takes me back to the old stories, and even visions of Spock Leonard Nimoy on Mount Ararat during the five year mission in search of where others have boldly gone before.
I sometimes wonder if the internet may, in fact, be the final frontier.
But, now, to my most recent morsel and the subject of this particular post.
Two years ago there were reports on the mysterious Eye of the Sahara (also called the Richat Structure, the Eye of Mauritania, or the Eye of Africa). It is a circular land formation that has remained hidden through the ages because of its obscurity at ground level. Part of the reason it has been hidden in plain sight over the millennia was due to its remote location in the western Sahara Desert. Another is because of the overall size of its inner rings; around 14.5 miles in diameter.
Although it was discovered in the early nineteenth-century and designated as the Richat Crater, it wasn’t until the Gemini IV mission in 1965 that the bullseye-shaped structure was seen in its entirety during a four-day orbit around the Earth.
Because the geographic anomaly can only be (fully) viewed from high altitude, Forbes Magazine last summer said it looked like a giant crop circle and that:
Astronauts love to observe the Eye of the Sahara from space because it looks like the landing site of a 40-kilometer wide flying saucer.
Then, last month, another article surfaced to claim the Richat Structure actually matched the descriptions of the Lost City of Atlantis that was recounted in the dialogues of Plato, the ancient Greek philosopher.
It turned out the article was reporting on the YouTube video of an enthusiastic young man who referenced a 2011 documentary on Atlantis as his inspiration.
This is the video:
For those who don’t have time to view the 21 minute presentation, the following includes a brief summary:
Using the exact words that Plato used to describe Atlantis in his dialogues Critias and Timaeus, the narrator compared the surrounding land features and location described therein with the land anomaly now known as the Eye of the Sahara.
It was claimed that Plato based his writings upon access to ancient Egyptian knowledge regarding an “advanced empire referred to as Atlantis”.
The city was understood to be technologically advanced, full of “noble and powerful people possessing vast wealth, luxury and knowledge, and even military superiority, and as described as being destroyed in a single day and night of misfortune which caused the island of Atlantis to disappear into the depths of the sea.”
Some contend the city disappeared in the aftermath of a vast earthquake and tsunami.
Nine-thousand years later, the Athenian statesman, Solon (638 – 558 BC), had an Egyptian high priest translate hieroglyphics that described Egypt as a former colony of the Empire of Atlantis. Solon’s notes were then kept safe in the family over the next six generations until his ancestral relative, Plato, recorded them near 2,400 years ago.
Using Solon’s dates, the city of Atlantis sunk around 11,600 years ago which, coincidentally, corresponds to what is called the Younger Dryas climate catastrophe, or a widespread extinction level event hypothesized to have been caused by the distant impact of a comet. It is speculated the ensuing earthquake and tsunami destroyed Atlantis.
Plato described the lost city as follows:
There were alternate zones of sea and land, larger and smaller, encircling one another, there were two of land, and three of water which were turned as if with a lathe each having its circumference equidistant every way from the center.
– Plato, from “Critias”
The Greek philosopher furthermore cited the diameter of Atlantis as being 127 “stadia”. Since a stadia is known to be a measurement of 607 feet, this means Solon’s and Plato’s recordings closely correspond to the actual size of the Richat Structure in Mauritania.
Furthermore, Plato said the mountains which “sheltered the island to the north flowed with rivers” and that the city opened to the south towards the sea.
Just for fun, I checked it out myself via the Evil Entity’s “Earth” application:
As I zoomed in on the above location, I found myself wondering if I was actually seeing the Lost City of Atlantis – and if I was, I asked myself: “How cool is the internet?”
The narrator of the above YouTube video also pointed out how the entire area looked like it was formed by an ancient tsunami complete with striations going west to east from the Atlantic Ocean. These patterns also correspond to the erosion seen on the outer rings of the Richat Structure.
There were more connections and comparisons made between the writings of Plato and the Eye of the Sahara in the video, as well as speculation as to how plate tectonics may have raised its current location another 900 feet above Ice Age sea levels.
In any case, as I now envision the ancient city of Atlantis in my mind’s eye: I see the city bordered to the north with lush mountains and spectacular waterfalls and, to the south, a bustling seaport all at once ancient, exotic, and worldly; a spectacular civilization swallowed by the sea in a moment.
In “The Republic”, Plato honored ancient Athens as the ideal state, but it was the city of Atlantis that inspired the Renaissance writers Francis Bacon and Thomas More as well as other authors and poets throughout history. But no matter the writer, or the words, or whether utopias or dystopias were described, the City of Atlantis today symbolizes civilization lost.
In Timaeus and Critias, respectively, Plato defined the “World Soul” and told of the earth divided among the gods by allotment. He described the virtue of Atlantis in its rise and then how the Atlanteans became corrupt:
…but when the divine portion began to fade away, and became diluted too often and too much with the mortal admixture, and the human nature got the upper hand, they then, being unable to bear their fortune, behaved unseemly, and to him who had an eye to see grew visibly debased, for they were losing the fairest of their precious gifts ; but to those who had no eye to see the true happiness, they appeared glorious and blessed at the very time when they were full of avarice and unrighteous power.
-Plato, from “Critias”
And the rest, as they say, is history.
…in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea.
-Plato, from “Timaeus”
Indeed, the eras ebb and flow with the tides; yet the words remain, untouched by the sands of time. In modernity, just as in antiquity, there are similar rhymes as civilizations are divided, seemingly, by fickle gods. The sun rises. The sun sets. Nations rise and civilizations fall. And when everything is lost and all that once was sinks into the sea by the earthquakes and tsunamis of time and change, the words will still be there; awaiting discovery in the desert.
But if not the desert, then, hopefully, the internet.
The Richat Structure could have been an ancient city. It has been discovered that the Sahara used to have a vast river system. Here’s one article about it. ht tps://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/nov/10/ancient-river-network-discoverd-buried-under-saharan-sand
Doug, thanks for an interesting trip to information of a different sort. How things do change.
YOu see alot of them on the moon It is a meteor crater not the ruins of Atlantis. Take a real good look and it is obvious
According to the experts, there is no evidence of an impact at the Richat Structure location.
The “distant” impact about 12,000 years ago may have occurred in North America as scientists have speculated that such an event was the catalyst to reverse the Ice Age.
Cayce Readings record the colonization of Egypt by Atlantis. This is not a meteor crater. There are three distinct rings of land and water, which supports the proposition that this is Atlantis. Who knows. Time will tell.
What is clear from recent discoveries is that a vast world wide civilization existed long ago that built pyramids all over the earth (and potentially Mars). The sunken city off of Japan is 300 miles long.
Similar ruins have been discovered on land and under the sea (off Cuba and the Bahamas) all over the globe with a common architecture. 🙂
I never knew that Egypt itself had recorded that it was a colony of Atlantis. The mysteries of antiquity never cease to be fascinating to me. There is so much we don’t know about our own origins…. and we think we’re so smart. Ha.
What a wonderful privilege to exist on this little blue orb.
This may help inform some.
This is where you start to learn the truth of human origins.
Most of the History you are taught is likely One Big Lie.
How old is humanity, really? How many times are civilizations wiped out, rebuild, wiped out again. Seems like politicians and bankers are intent on a NUCLEAR war that would put us back in Stone age.
The US government NOAA even lies about temperature.
NOAA also rigs the way that temperature is recorded.
NOAA sets up measuring in city heat islands.
NOAA eliminates rural temp recording stations.
Why do they do this? Why lie about the weather?
Why can’t the US government do anything without Lying?
I know they are lieing. There is more than ample proof.
Reams of data that prove the lies.
But Why? Why lie about the weather? I don’t understand.
-Media Lies about Everything.
-US government Lies about Everything.
-NOAA lies about weather. Can’t be honest about temp?
-Catholic priests abuse children. Nothing is done. Why no arrests?
-Pope sounds more like a new ager/communist than christian.
-Boy Scouts let gays and girls in. I pulled my son out of Scouts. Gays are NOT good role model for a young man. -Girls at BSA camp mean that I would be a grandfather sooner rather than when time appropriate. No thanks.
-NFL can’t stay out of politics. Spoiled overpaid anti American Jailbirds is todays NFL.
-NFL coverage has women that don’t anything about the game reporting and commenting. I miss Howard and Madden.
-In the idiotic times of today, making a pass at a women is now construed as rape. My wife jumped ME on our second date. Was I raped? Or lucky? Ridiculous times we are in!
-Women bringing up 30 year old alledged incidents to ruin lives and get people fired.
-Things are brought up that college kids may or may not have done 30 years ago. Throwing ice? Really?
-Driving on road ways is now as dangerous as combat.
-Driving is dangerous because Police murder unarmed people with no consequences.
-The state robs people blind yet REFUSE to repair the roads. What roads they do put up are pay Toll roads.
-Property Taxes are running our family out of our home.
– US States are becoming dope pushers and legalising DANGEROUS gateway drugs Canabus.
-Countries have legalised DANGEROUS gateway drug Canabus, Canada.
-Doctors are now drug pushers for corporations, not healers.
-Schools are DRUGGING the male children for being males, calling it ADHD. What idiocy.
-Schools are no longer teaching children anything but how to be dumbed down compliant slaves. Searches, cameras, metal detectors, cops in schools.
-Schools teaching normalization of gays to young children. The educators should be ARRESTED for abuse.
-The say economy is great. But JOBS pay NOTHING. Only those at top make bank. While we are run out of our homes by Code Compliance, property taxes, and the worse HOA’s.
-Absolute rabid polotics about EVERYTHING.
Nothing is left. Where do we go?
We are in Dr Suess Land.
1984 is thier blueprint.
Terminators robots are just around the corner, or already here and out of view.
This is Amerikka 2018.
Only getting worse.
I no longer recognise America. Obama got his change. Young people are like baby domestic turkeys that are so stupid that they drown when it rains.
We are in real trouble folks.
I have no solution other than leaving.
Too many idiots. Not enough men that will take a stand.
Just wussies that apollogise. Or the other side is just tatted up wanna be thugs in overpriced trucks and ZERO brain power that shoot other people over a traffic dispute.
There it is. You figure this world out. Nothing makes any sense. Just Lies-Greed-Corruption, EVERYWHERE.
I hate being a bummer. But EVERYTHING is being stolen from us. I mean EVERYTHING!!
I’m selling out. Closing my business. Selling the house due to insane taxes.
I will find a country where men can be men without apollogising. Men in America will no longer stand up to this TYRANNY. Are American men now geldings, steers only fit for slaughter?
I don’t understand how this country has come to this and no one notices?
This is your country? Amerikka.
Watched two guys fighting in middle of highway. Mr. big pickup vs. SUV. They fought and then drew out a hammer and a gun. Mr. Hammer got back in big truck and drove off. Insane.
Good luck. I’m leaving. Too insane and violent here for me. Nothing makes sense in Amerikka.
Wise guys will say, “don’t let door hit you in ass.” Don’t worry. I won’t. My capital and work ethic is going where it is appreciated. I will no longer finance insanity and war.
The cutting edge of secularism seems to believe in every last myth or legend — from Easter Bunny, to Tooth Fairy, to Paul Bunyan, Ronald McDonald Land, and carton characters — but posits a scientific, materialistic explanation. Everything — and, I mean everything — is subject to open inquiry, except for their worldview.