WAS ATLANTIS IN ANTARCTICA? ARGUMENTS IN FAVOUR
All over the world there exist myths about a universal flood and traditions about an antediluvian civilization called Atlantis or Mu. Scientists deny usually any validity to such traditions or at least greatly reduce their significance, bringing them to more manageable spatial and temporal dimensions from an archaeological point of view (Santorini etc.). Geology and archaeology, in fact, do not allow any space on Earth for an advanced civilization of the size and the antiquity of Atlantis, as described by Plato.
This attitude does not take into account the climatic situation on Earth during the concerned period. According to the theory exposed by the author in a previous section, the climatic situation during the Pleistocene was influenced by the fact that the North Pole was located between Greenland and Canada, at the edge of the great Winsconsin's ice cap. As a consequence, the South Pole was placed near the current magnetic pole, on the coast of Antarctica facing Australia. The coast of Antarctica facing the Atlantic, therefore, was placed at a much lower latitude and was completely free of ice, as witnessed by conclusive geological evidence.
While the palaeolithic cultures were thriving all over the remaining parts of the world, in that part of Antarctica the first human agricultural civilization developed in complete isolation, thanks to populations driven there by oceanic currents from South-East Asia and South America.
At the end of Pleistocene, an asteroid or a comet impact triggered a shift of the poles, according to the mechanism explained in the previous communication. This resulted in the world-wide catastrophe remembered by traditions as the "universal flood", during which Atlantis sunk (temporarily) in the ocean. Soon after, the glaciation covered the Atlantic coasts of Antarctica, thus deleting all archaeological evidence.
Several vessels must have survived the catastrophe, bringing their crew safely to the coasts of America, Africa and Asia. Here they started, in complete autonomy and isolation, the Neolithic cultures and later civilizations. The numerous striking similarities between ancient civilizations all over the world were due in our view to the common culture of the survivors of the flood. An impressive amount of evidence of different kind supports this theory.
The chronological gap of 4 millennia between the end of Atlantis and
the archaeological findings of the most ancient known civilizations (such
as Mohenjo Daro, Ur and so on), is only apparent: due to the thawing of
northern hemisphere's ice caps, the sea level has been constantly
raising during the first 4 millennia after the end of Pleistocene, for
a total amount of possibly 130 meters, thus submerging any remnants of
populations established along the coasts. This is confirmed by the existence
of submerged structures all over the world, like the great pyramid off
Yonaguny Island (Japan), the remnants of a town off the Cadiz' coast and