Richat – Eye Of The Sahara


Extraordinary describes Richat – a thirty mile wide geologic anomaly surrounded by thousands of featureless Saharan square miles. Dubbed “Eye of the Sahara” by men aboard our first space missions, pondering this curiosity from above led to initial assumptions Richat had to be a impact crater. Located in west-central Mauritania, Richat proved to be anything but.

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http://www.amusingplanet.com/2012/05/richat-structure-eye-of-sahara.html

Extensive research produced no evidence of impact. Geologists generally agree that layers, known as dikes – each one distinctive sedimentary rings dating from the Late Proterozoic (2.5 billion years) to Ordovician (480 million years) – are evidence of low temperature hydro-thermal erosion.

Columns left from volcanic eruptions.

As with most weird and wonderful places, conspiracy theorists follow. The Richat Structure Conspiracy centres on Plato’s description of Atlantis –

“According to Plato, the island was circular, divided into concentric circles of land and water: “There were 2 of land and 3 of water… Atlantis when sunk by the earthquake became an impossible barrier of mud to voyagers sailing from hence to any part of the ocean…” And he spoke about a mount sheltering the city by North and “and encompassing a great plain of an oblong shape in the south “…etc… Atlantis in Greek means Atlantis, nesos : the island of Atlas. And we get near the geologic eye at the North the Mount Atlas. According to Plato, Atlantis was lying “in front of the Pillars of Hercule”, and we are there just in front from South and not beside from East or West as many authors are searching…”

http://www.gigalresearch.com/uk/mystery-of-the-giant-blue-eye-of-africa-in-mauritania.php

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Atlantis main island according to the text of Plato in Timaeus and Critias, 360 BC.

Not to be a party pooper but the chances of this being the lost city of Atlantis are slim to none. All the same. Richat deserves a ponder – the Eye of the Sahara is mesmerizing.

Shame on Peruvian Land Developers


Without question, one of the main reasons we know so little about ancient history is that it was destroyed. Connecting the dots between the few remaining fragments of history allow us to imagine the story of civilization. Geological records explain natural catastrophes, second hand historical accounts such as the writings of Plato describing Atlantis, sprinkle light dustings of possibility on what might otherwise be pure myth.

Conquest and assimilation is by far the biggest eradicator of history. Spanish friar, and later bishop of Yucatan, Diego de Landa is a perfect example. In 1549 Landa arrived in Mexico with the conquistadors. He set out to convert the native population and obliterate any evidence of their beliefs and culture. In 1561 he set a massive fire, burning the last remaining Maya documents detailing their history and knowledge of astronomy. In 1563 he returned to Spain to face trial for an “unauthorized” inquisition. When cleared of charges he returned in 1573 as bishop of Yucatan.

http://archaeology.about.com/od/mayaresearchers/ss/Diego-de-Landa.htm

What little we know about ancient Mexico, Central, and South America is the result of painstaking excavation of archaeological sites. Despite the church’s campaign to obliterate ancient indigenous civilizations, great strides have been made in piecing together ancient pasts. Archaeological treasures all that remain of civilizations beyond our comprehension.

Then along come greedy, bonehead land developers. With no more regard than Landa, thinking only of their interests land developers near Lima, Peru demolished El Paraiso, a 5000 year old pyramid on one of the oldest archaeological sites in South America. In May a 2,300 year old pyramid in Belize fell to a bulldozer, ending up as fill for road construction.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23173628

Precious little remains of our ancient past. It defies conscience to see what we have, pulverized and turned into landfill.

Finding Atlantis


The expression ” rewriting history” couldn’t be more accurate if it tried. History is a chameleon, changing colour as it reflects the perspective of individual orators. Inoffensive landmarks faithfully, universally noted – controversial or distasteful facts, omitted or presented in more favourable light. History is a subject open to interpretation; often a best guess or comfortable middle ground. The last few thousand years are easy. Reasonable written records piece together an accurate portrait of humanity’s sordid parade.

Ancient history is another story; a far different story than I learned in school. I was taught that “civilization ” began in Mesopotamia. I learned of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Taught that civilization began with the advent of written language, I happily absorbed my lessons, textbook timeline and all.

Now I’m wishing they would find Atlantis. The only written record comes from Greek philosopher Plato in 360 B.C. He described the city in great detail, dating it to 9,600 B.C. That would put it thousands of years before Mesopotamia. Many scholars believe Plato wrote of Atlantis, not as fact, rather as a tool to express his ideas on society. At the heart of the debate are the extreme details Plato used to describe the physical lay out of the city. If simply a metaphor, why would he painstakingly scribe such details?

Archaeologists and historians have placed it under Antarctic ice, off the coast of the Bahamas, under Spanish marshland, and in the Aegean Sea. It tickles our imagination; fuelling tales of Poseidon and Captain Nemo. Finding this mythical city would re-write history.

We need to find Atlantis because we’ve all heard of it. Atlantis would be the spark needed to ignite the accepted timeline of civilization – blowing it to smithereens. I can think of no other course of action; Atlantis would tip the cart. My dismay stems from the realization my textbook history was shot full of holes years ago. Watching my children; dutifully hand in the same reports I did; colouring the same tired historical march, not once presented with possibilities of civilization lost.

Mention civilization lost and most people would think of Atlantis or Shangra-La. Not a shred of evidence has ever been found to support either. Meanwhile, irrefutable scientific evidence dates Gobekli Tepe at 7000 years before the pyramids. Puma Punku is older than that, perhaps the oldest structure on earth. These aren’t stone huts, I’m talking mind boggling monolithic stone structures.Places that defy explanation Documents such as the Piri Reis map, showing the outline of Antarctica under miles of ice;.as it would have been before the last ice age.

Ancient history has more questions than answers.One thing for certain; the cradle of civilization is no more Mesopotamia than the world is flat. We can’t discount facts simply because we don’t have all the answers. A closed mind is a sorry excuse, it’s time to re-write history.