Scientists have uncovered what they are calling the “Brazilian Atlantis,” a reference to the sunken island thought to lay between Africa and South America.
Discovering Atlantis has been the subject of numerous studies, books, and movies throughout the years, though no sign of the mythical island was found — until now.
Geologists in Brazil, working with scientists from Japan, have now added their claims to speculation over the precise location of the sunken island, first mentioned by Plato around 360 BC.
Experts announced the discovery of granite, a rock formed on dry land, 900 miles off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. The Geology Service of Brazil (CPRM) announced the find. CPRM geology director Roberto Ventura Santos added, “This could be Brazil’s Atlantis. We are almost certain, but we need to strengthen this hypothesis.”
The granite material was apparently found more than 8,000 feet under the sea in a region called the Rio Grande Elevation. The rock was discovered last year when geologists dredged the seabed in the area. Underwater observations from Japan’s Shinkai 6500, a multi-million dollar manned mini-sub, showed more granite formations last month.
Santos added of the discovery, “It is unusual because it is granite rock. And you don’t find granite on the seabed. It is more usual to find it on the mainland.”
When they first found the granite rock, geologists thought they were mistaken. However, the manned sub mission last month bolstered their case. Santos added, “We will have final recognition this year when we conduct drilling in the area to retrieve more samples of these rocks.”
The current thinking on the geologists’ findings is that the land in the Rio Grande Elevation is continental crust. However, further confirmation is needed. Santos added, “We speak of Atlantis more in terms of symbolism. Obviously, we don’t expect to find a lost city in the middle of the Atlantic.”
But if they do, the so-called Brazilian Atlantis could become the mythical lost city.
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