Right now, there are several different theories that attempt to explain the mystery behind Atlantis. One of the most popular ones is the theory that says Atlantis sank in the Atlantic Ocean as shifting ocean waters flooded the continent where it was on. Another popular theory says Atlantis disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle. And then there’s the theory that says Antarctica was Atlantis. With recent images captured by NASA’s Operation IceBridge mission showing what could be traces of ancient human civilization under all that Antarctic ice, this theory suddenly seems more plausible than the rest.
The Atlantis-Antarctica theory is based on the idea of US author and history expert Charles Hapgood. According to Hapgood, Antarctica was not always the barren and freezing continent that it is today. He says that nearly twelve millennia ago, Antarctica was a temperate continent that was home to an advanced human civilization. Unfortunately, due to a shift in the Earth’s crust, the continent was displaced. And from its temperate location, it got displaced way up north where temperature was always frigid. And so in time, the city got buried beneath the icy layers of what we now know as the Antarctic.
Because Hapgood’s theory was conceived at a time when the scientific world did not yet fully grasp the concept of plate tectonics, his idea was not given much weight. This was in spite of evidence he based his theory on — the Piri Reis map.
Discovered in 1929, the Piri Reis map was made in 1513 by Turkish admiral Piri Reis. According to some scholars who studied the map, it clearly shows the east coast of South America, the west coast of Africa, and the northern coast of Antarctica. What’s significant about the information is the depiction of the Antarctic as a coast that wasn’t covered in ice. And this was a few centuries before Antarctica — already in its icy continent state — was formally discovered in 1820.
While many remained skeptical about the accuracy and authenticity of the map, Hapgood thought otherwise. Especially after he received a letter (in 1960) from US Air Force Lt. Colonel Harold Z Ohlmeyer confirming his theory — that Antarctica used to be ice-free. And this confirmation was based on the fact that the Piri Reis map details coincided with the findings from an Antarctic expedition done in 1949.
Over five decades later, Hapgood’s theory seems to be gaining ground once again as new evidence that supports his hypothesis has emerged. This potential proof comes in the form of photographs showing what seem to be pyramids protruding out of the Antarctic ice — pyramids that look eerily similar to the Ancient Egyptian Pyramids of Giza which were built thousands of years ago.
If those are indeed pyramids, who else could have built such structures other than those who may have lived there during that period, right? And going further, who’s to say that the ancient civilization that built those pyramids were not the demigods who, according to Greek philosopher Plato, were the ones who founded the city of Atlantis?
And so, to all those who believe that there was an Atlantis — let’s be patient a little longer and hope that with the technology we have today, the lost city will soon be found.