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Atlantis (was Re: Nimrina phonology)

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Monday, August 21, 2006, 16:22

On Mon, 21 Aug 2006 14:04:52 +0200, Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:

> FWIW my pet theory is that Atlantis > was located in the pre-desiccation Sahara basin, but that > they for whatever reason preferred to sail by the pillars > of Hercules rather than from the Mediterranean coast of Africa. > And nothing would have technically stopped them from sailing > across the ocean either. This is at least as likely as > a large island sinking into the Atlantic within the last > ten thousand years!
It is. We can be sure that *no* large island sank into the Atlantic anywhen within human history - the geologists would have found traces of such a disaster by now, and they didn't. (The Bahamas are often mentioned. There was indeed a larger island there during the last Ice Age, which was inundated but only very slowly. And it doesn't resemble Plato's Atlantis well.) My pet theory is that Atlantis was located in the British Isles, which fit Plato's description quite well and indeed lie "beyond the Pillars of Hercules". ... brought to by the Weeping Elf