Atlantis in the Sahara?
Has Plato’s Illusive City Been Hiding in Plain Sight?
Some think the best way to explain the near psychotic state of the world today is that there exists a deep planetary amnesia, resulting from some very ancient catastrophe, which suddenly destroyed a once-advanced civilization, literally sending us back to the Stone Age. The best example of such a society would be ‘Atlantis,’ as described in detail by the fourth century BC Greek philosopher Plato. Historians and scholars, however, have struggled unsuccessfully ever since to locate the tangible remains of that society. Yet, while many possibilities have been proposed—from the Mediterranean to Antarctica; from the Caribbean to the Andes—the ‘official’ verdict from the ‘house of history’ is that those efforts have failed, and that Plato could not possibly have been serious. In September 2018, however, an interesting new theory emerged which closely conforms to many of the details recounted in Plato’s story, and in some very remarkable ways.
According to Jimmy Bright, producer of a popular YouTube channel called Bright Insights, Plato’s Atlantis may have been hiding all along in plain sight. Bright points to a previously unexplained feature in the Mauritanian portion of the Sahara desert near the northwestern coast of Africa. Formally known as the Richat structure, it is also called the ‘Eye of the Sahara.’ Composed of immense concentric circles of raised ground—once, perhaps, interspersed by waterways—the circumference of the Richat is very close to the exact dimensions stated by Plato, about 23 kilometers, and is bordered by mountains to the north and has what looks like an opening to the sea on the south, just as Plato said.
NASA astronauts of the Gemini IV mission discovered the Richat in 1965. At first it was thought to be an impact crater, but that theory has since been ruled out by the absence of melted rock, which would be present in any large impact crater. The prevailing view, currently, is that the Richat is the remains of what once were domed layers of Earth’s crust, but that notion has never been fully investigated, much less proven.
Bright argues that before the time of the last ice age—the so-called Younger Dryas—that began with an event occurring at about the same time that Plato says Atlantis went down—circa. 11,500 BC—the Richat must have been at sea level, with water then filling all of its channels. Indeed there are many mainstream archaeologists who believe the Younger Dryas mini ice age was triggered about then by the impact of some kind of massive bolide from space which might have rearranged a great deal of Earth’s geography (See “Comet Impact Caused Mini Ice Age Says Major New Study,” Atlantis Rising, #129, May/June, 2018).
Further corroboration for the Bright proposition may be found in discoveries pointing to a much greater antiquity than mainstream science would have us believe, for the Great Sphinx of Egypt at the eastern edge of the Sahara. As Boston University geologist Dr. Robert Schoch, a frequent Atlantis Rising contributor, along with his colleague, the late John Anthony West, have argued, the presence of deep, rain-produced weathering in the Sphinx enclosure clearly establishes that it was built long before the area became a dessert and, in fact, before the dawn of dynastic Egypt. It is worth noting that some, more esoteric, schools of thought, such as Theosophy, have long claimed that many millennia ago, before becaming a desert, the Sahara hosted an advanced civilization.
CAPTIONS: 1) The “Eye of the Sahara” as seen by Google Earth. 2) Spanish illustrator Rocío Espín Piñar’s rendering of Atlantis as described by Plato. 3) A closer look at the Richat structure (Eye of the Sahara) from Google Earth.