Several scientists consider the disappearance of Atlantis to be the result of a comet or asteroid that hit the earth. Provided that such an object came from the universe, these assumptions would also be able to explain the global appearance of Flood legends and legends concerning the end of the world at the very beginning of mankind. But which comet was it? And did anything like that happen at the outset of mankind? Let us first read the Atlantis dialogue to learn what happened:
“(...) But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea. For which reason the sea in those parts is impassable and impenetrable, because there is a shoal of mud in the way; and this was caused by the subsidence of the island.(...)“

What is described here? It sounds as if a comet had hit the earth. It is common knowledge today that stormfloods and earthquakes result from extraterrestrial impacts.

Near Puerto Rico, two parallel clefts exist on the sea bed both of which are about 7 000 metres deep. In the area of South Carolina (USA) including neighbouring states the ground is scarred to such an extent that the only reasonable explanation is a cosmic impact. Further evidence is provided by aerial photographs taken in the early 1930s. The pictures showed several thousand hollows stretching as far as to the Atlantic Ocean.

picture: According to the German researcher Otto Muck, the arrow indicates the direction from which the comet came. As a result, Atlantis was doomed to sink.

Because of these facts the German scientist Otto Muck who died in 1965 and held about 200 patents elaborated his theory that Atlantis was located across the mid-Atlantic Ridge and sank right there after the impact of an asteroid. Muck assumed that the extraterrestrial object (surrounded by several smaller projectiles) coming from a northwestern direction hit the “Carolina Bays“, then crashed into the Atlantic Ocean and thereby left the deep-sea crater.

After the impact, he assumed, tremendous underwater volcanic eruptions have occured exactly where the tectonic plates of the mid-Atlantic Ridge where joined together. When the plates became separated, ocean water came into touch with magma. The resulting explosions caused the island of “Atlantis“ to explode and the remnants sank in the clefts and hollows just created.

But what extraterrestrial object would be needed to sink such a vast landmass like Atlantis? Muck started calculating with the help of static samples collected from about 10 000 hollows with an average diameter of 500 metres. He came to th econclusion that the object in question must have been 10 kilometres wide and its impact must have been as powerful as thirty thousand tons of nitroglycerine or 3 000 medium level H-bombs. Muck thought that this was the reason for the creation of the furrows on the ground of the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean area and the Gulf of Mexico. Moreover, he held the view that the impact also caused the shifting of the poles. That was the beginning of a new geological age and the seasons became clearly separated from each other.

Muck even found out the exact date of the impact, that is June 5, 8498 BC. At that day, the sun, the moon and the earth were in conjunction with each other. Muck believed that this constellation drew the comet into the earth orbit. Furthermore, some researchers think that this was the day the Mayan people started their calendar calculations.

With his book “The Secret of Atlantis“ Muck caused a lot of sensation although many of his theses have not been proven so far. For example, no traces of a catastrophic change of the tectonic plates have been found on the Atlantic Ridge. In addition, the Carolina Bays have not proven home of any melted quartzes which would invite the inference of an extraterrestrial impact. Nevertheless, Muck probably found the key to the doom of Atlantis – comets or asteroids. More and more researchers agree on the assumption that the Carolina Bays have not been affected by a direct comet impact on the earth but that a comet exploded above the area and the resulting blasts left behind the bays. This thesis was supported by the unresolved Tunguska explosion in Sibiria on June 30, 1908.

This cosmic impact would also explain the multiple Flood legends in Central America and on the Antilles. Accordingly, we have a new candidate for our search for Atlantis.  

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