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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Science - Could Ancient Crete Be The Lost Atlantis?


Auntie Beeb speculates, interestingly:
The legend of Atlantis, the country that disappeared under the sea, may be more than just a myth. Research on the Greek island of Crete suggests Europe's earliest civilisation was destroyed by a giant tsunami.

Until about 3,500 years ago, a spectacular ancient civilisation was flourishing in the Eastern Mediterranean.
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But what caused the tsunami? The scientists have obtained radiocarbon dates for the deposits that show the tsunami could have hit the coast at exactly the same time as an eruption of the Santorini volcano, 70 km north of Crete, in the middle of the second millennium BC.
Yowza! I can honestly say, while finding the topic, and the video fascinating, I am really really relieved not to be anywhere near a 21-metre wave.

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