Atlantis - the Geological Problem
I think people ought not to blithely say they think Atlantis was
in the middle of the Atlantic without understanding what this implies.
To get a handle on this we need to look at the size of Atlantis.
As I mentioned much earlier, Plato in his dialogue uses two different
words in Greek - one meaning "continent" and the other
meaning "island". Indeed in his text he describes two
distinctly different sizes.
In one case he says "larger than Libya and Asia combined".
Now what did these terms mean to Plato? Libya meant the northern
coast of Africa from Morocco to current day Libya. About the size
of Europe. Asia did not mean what we refer to as Asia today. It
was an area starting at Egypt and moving westwards. I forget the
exact limit of it. I seem to recall something like the Ural Mountains.
But is thought to be the size of North America.
Now if you combine these two together it is a question whether
they are a little bit too big to fit into the North Atlantic. Accordingly
most Atlantologists add the word "minor" in front of "Asia"
so the reference is only to "asia minor". Then that section
of land would extend from Egypt to mid-Turkey. This is a continental
Plato also refers to a main plain of the island that is 2,000 by
3,000 stadia. That plain extends down to the water and is surrounded
by mountains. Now the exact size of a "stadia" is disputed.
However an approximate size is 200 meters or 600 feet. This about
230 miles by 345 miles. That is a large plain. It is almost the
size of Spain. If you put mountains around it and maybe just a little
other land then it comes to the size of the Iberian peninsula of
Spain and Portugal.
So we distinctly have very different sizes indicated within Plato's
Here are some of HPB's statements on the size of Atlantis:
"But as no Initiate had the right to divulge and declare all
he knew, posterity got only hints. Aiming more to instruct as a
moralist than as a geographer and ethnologist or historian, the
Greek philosopher merged the history of Atlantis, which covered
several million years, into one event which he located on one comparatively
small island 3000 stadia long by 2000 wide; (or about 350 miles
by 200, which is about the size of Ireland), whereas the priests
spoke of Atlantis as a continent vast as "all Asia and Lybia"
put together. But, however altered in its general aspect, Plato's
narrative bears the impress of truth upon it." (SDii405
"That not only the last island of Atlantis, spoken of by Plato,
but a large continent, first divided, and then broken later on into
seven peninsulas and islands (called dwipas), preceded Europe, is
sure. It covered the whole of the North and South Atlantic regions,
as well as portions of the North and South Pacific, and had islands
even in the Indian Ocean (relics of Lemuria)."
"And they may then perceive that Plato's guarded hints and
his attributing the narrative to Solon and the Egyptian priests,
were but a prudent way of imparting the fact to the world, and,
by cleverly combining truth and fiction, so disconnecting himself
from a story which the obligations imposed at initiation forbade
him to divulge." SDii405
I may add that Atlantologists sometimes adopt another clever way
around these disparate land sizes. They say that the larger size
is the area that Atlantis CONTROLLED - as apposed to being the actual
land mass. People will have to choose between this explanation and
HPB's or who knows whatever other view.
For the purpose of these emails I am mostly focusing on the small
island of Poseidonis and taking it to be about the size of the Iberian
Now to the geological issue. Can you imagine the Iberian Peninsula
sinking below the waves in a day and a night?
Naturally that just does not happen according the standard geological
view !! That would violate all the known experience of Geology.
Of course Geology looks with scorn upon this proposal when we see
how big Plato's "island" was - even in its small size.
Then we need to note that the land in question is very deep. That
makes it even less likely according to the Geologist. The Geologist
says that if the Atlantean ridge was above water, then it was so
long ago that mankind had not yet come into existence!
Yet it certainly would make much sense otherwise if Atlantis was
in the Atlantic and about where we have started talking - near the
In sum - I think people ought to understand that Geologists are
being quite consistent with their world view when they dismiss this
view of Atlantis. Just that they are wrong. Perhaps we should look
at some coincidences that have arisen with regard to their worldview.
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