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Atlantis: The Sunken Continent

 {| width="70%" | bgcolor="#000000"|The legend of Atlantis is a well-known one. Ever since the Greek philosopher Plato reported its descension into the sea, men throughout the centuries have wondered about its location and its marvels. Indeed, many people believe it never existed; there has not been any hard proof of its existence other than witnesses.According to Plato, Atlantis itself was a very unusual continent, for it consisted of eighteen alternating rings of water and land, with a single centre island. Atlantis was supposed to be under the control of the sea-god Poseidon (or Neptune) and he lived with his family on it. His sons each became ruler of a ring of land, Atlas ruling the centre island. Under their rule, Atlantis flourished and became a land of immense wealth, partly due to its natural resources. It was said to be beautiful, a wondrous land filled with riches.

The central island was the most beautiful of all, as on it stood two magnificent temples constructed from precious metals; for example, one temple was said to have a wall made of gold. A few other sights were mentioned, such as the great statue of Neptune, all of which served to underscore the great wealth of Atlantis. Under able leadership, this island-nation conquered many others, thus gaining further wealth in the process. Eventually, however, they were defeated by the Greeks. They refused to worship the Greek gods and then the famed cataclysm occurred, the gods' terrible punishment of the proud Atlanteans; the whole continents suffered destructive earthquakes and was sunk into the waiting sea, disappearing without a trace.

In Greek times, many rumours, legends and stories of Atlantis spread, and some of these survived to today. In modern times, however, many theories and conjectures about Atlantis have appeared, many dealing with its possible locations. People have searched all over the world for it; even the Bermuda Triangle has been claimed by some to be the site of Atlantis-proponents of this theory say the great power sources in the temples could be causing a disruptance in that area. Atlantis has been rumoured to have possessed strange energy sources, artifacts that we know nothing of, that would be greater than our present technology. Some of the rumours involve giant crystals as the artifacts housed within the temples, which were said to produce energy. Other possible locations of Atlantis were said to be the deepest trenches of the oceans.

Atlantis provides a fascinating example of how an ancient ocean legend can survive to the present day mainly unchanged; indeed, the input of thought throughout the ages has made it an even more enthralling story. The idea that a sunken land filled with fantastic treasures and mysterious artifacts has proved irresistible to those who search for the continent. There is a great selection of literature on the topic of Atlantis, proposing a range of theories about Atlantis; all this has served to show how the open-ended legend of Atlantis has managed to survive to the present day, simply because it is waiting to be found.

A continent waits somewhere, in the murky depths, filled with riches untold. Maybe one day we will find it, or find out the truth about it. |}

Random Factoid: The island of Hawaii is taller than Mount Everest.

Atlantis: The Sunken Continent

 {| width="70%" | bgcolor="#000000"|The legend of Atlantis is a well-known one. Ever since the Greek philosopher Plato reported its descension into the sea, men throughout the centuries have wondered about its location and its marvels. Indeed, many people believe it never existed; there has not been any hard proof of its existence other than witnesses.According to Plato, Atlantis itself was a very unusual continent, for it consisted of eighteen alternating rings of water and land, with a single centre island. Atlantis was supposed to be under the control of the sea-god Poseidon (or Neptune) and he lived with his family on it. His sons each became ruler of a ring of land, Atlas ruling the centre island. Under their rule, Atlantis flourished and became a land of immense wealth, partly due to its natural resources. It was said to be beautiful, a wondrous land filled with riches.

The central island was the most beautiful of all, as on it stood two magnificent temples constructed from precious metals; for example, one temple was said to have a wall made of gold. A few other sights were mentioned, such as the great statue of Neptune, all of which served to underscore the great wealth of Atlantis. Under able leadership, this island-nation conquered many others, thus gaining further wealth in the process. Eventually, however, they were defeated by the Greeks. They refused to worship the Greek gods and then the famed cataclysm occurred, the gods' terrible punishment of the proud Atlanteans; the whole continents suffered destructive earthquakes and was sunk into the waiting sea, disappearing without a trace.

In Greek times, many rumours, legends and stories of Atlantis spread, and some of these survived to today. In modern times, however, many theories and conjectures about Atlantis have appeared, many dealing with its possible locations. People have searched all over the world for it; even the Bermuda Triangle has been claimed by some to be the site of Atlantis-proponents of this theory say the great power sources in the temples could be causing a disruptance in that area. Atlantis has been rumoured to have possessed strange energy sources, artifacts that we know nothing of, that would be greater than our present technology. Some of the rumours involve giant crystals as the artifacts housed within the temples, which were said to produce energy. Other possible locations of Atlantis were said to be the deepest trenches of the oceans.

Atlantis provides a fascinating example of how an ancient ocean legend can survive to the present day mainly unchanged; indeed, the input of thought throughout the ages has made it an even more enthralling story. The idea that a sunken land filled with fantastic treasures and mysterious artifacts has proved irresistible to those who search for the continent. There is a great selection of literature on the topic of Atlantis, proposing a range of theories about Atlantis; all this has served to show how the open-ended legend of Atlantis has managed to survive to the present day, simply because it is waiting to be found.

A continent waits somewhere, in the murky depths, filled with riches untold. Maybe one day we will find it, or find out the truth about it. |}

Random Factoid: The island of Hawaii is taller than Mount Everest.

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