The Lost City of Atlantis is one of the most enduring mysteries of history. The supposedly technologically advanced city state was first heard of in the works of Plato almost 2,500 years ago, although its legacy still remains to this day.
Now most experts agree Atlantis does not exist, however that hasn't prevented people searching for it.
Take for example one Imgur user, AncientSeeker. He was recently scanning Google Earth when he found something in the Atlantic which looked very familiar... Take a look at his reasoning below:
Plato described Atlantis as laying "beyond the Pillars of Hercules," also known as the Strait of Gibraltar.
Seems pretty convincing doesn't it? So, is this the lost city of Atlantis? Well, no, unfortunately not. Let's break it down.
1. The Map
First of all, there's the map our intrepid underwater explorer is using. This is perhaps the most famous map of Atlantis and it is taken from the Mundus Subterraneus by Athanasius Kircher. This map was drawn in 1669, over 2,000 years after the first, and only, 'historical' mention of Atlantis. With this in mind, it is unlikely to be even remotely accurate. Furthermore, if we do accept it is accurate, then we must also account for why the island appears to be the size of an entire continent.
2. Plato's Description
Plato was many things - a mathematician, a philosopher and an expert in political and ethical theory. However, the one thing he was not, was a historian. However, the two philosophical and fictional works of his which mention Atlantis, Timaeus and Critias, are often used by Atlantis seekers as some kind of historical record. They quite simply are not. They are two dialogues presented as a fictional narrative which explore the ideas of hubris developed by Plato. They are allegories, not historical fact.
Believers in Atlantis might rebuke this by saying his dialogues merely drew on the history of Atlantis he heard from others. However, all mentions of Atlantis stem from these two works - none of his contemporaries, including the many Greek historians, ever mention Atlantis. The only logical conclusion is that Plato made it up to prove a philosophical point.
3. We Already Know What That Underwater Plateau Is
Perhaps most damning of all to this theory is the fact we already know about the area pointed out by AncientSeeker. It is the Great Meteor Seamount and it was discovered between 1925 and 1927. Due to the impressive scale of the areas guyots, it is one of the most completely investigated seamounts in the world. At no point has anyone found anything remotely suggesting it once contained an ancient civilization.
In fact, the debunking of AncientSeekers theory was so absolute, he eventually amended his imgur thread with a retraction:
Of course, despite the wealth of evidence against Atlantis, many still believe in it, especially pseudo-historians of dubious credibility such as Graham Hancock and Randall Carlson. According to such people, the Earth was once dominated by advanced ancient civilizations which have since vanished. Of course, this flies in the face of all archeological, geological, historical, anthropological and scientific thinking.