The great lost city of Atlantis…is it a fanciful dream, or a historical fact. Even today, the hopeful and imaginative segment of the population seeks justification for its belief in the existence of this fabled civilization; whereas, the grounded and scientifically-based portion of society, as always, awaits tangible physical evidence. For proponents of Atlantis’ existence, simply citing one of the legendary minds in the history of mankind is sufficient. Plato, in the year 360 BC, mentioned the sudden sinking of “Atlas Island” in his dialogues Timaeus and Critias. In his text, Plato describes the city as a naval power “lying in front of the Pillars of Hercules.” According to the philosopher, Atlantis “sank in a single day and night of misfortune” around 9,600 BC. Alternatively, skeptics of the Atlantis myth simply posit that there has been no evidence ever discovered to support the potential existence of a submerged city…or has there?
On September 2, 1968, while diving in approximately 17 feet of water, three men discovered a structure which was to later become known as “The Bimini Road.” Given this name due to its proximity to Bimini Island in the Bahamas, the stone structure bears a remarkable resemblance to ancient hand-placed stone roads from throughout history. The submerged structure is composed of stones in 10 to 13 foot horizontal dimensions. Intriguingly, these massive stones are nearly perfectly interlocked, with just small seams in between adjacent pieces. The entirety of the mass displays an orderly form with right angles and long straight lines…literally like large blocks laid side-by-side to form a perfect “road” running from Northwest to Southeast. Additionally two other underwater structures, running parallel to the “Road,” are also present. These have been coined “The Bimini Walls.” When seen from above, the three mammoth submerged forms provide considerable fodder for speculation. Accordingly, in 1968, before the discovery by the divers, two commercial pilots flew over the area, observed, and photographed “what appeared to be several underwater buildings coming to the surface.” What made the shocking discovery even more mystifying was that it seemed to fulfill a cryptic prophecy made 28 years earlier.
In 1939, purportedly while under the effects of a hypnotic trance, famed psychic Edgar Cayce detailed a momentous discovery that would take place a few decades hence. “Poseidia will be among the first portions of Atlantis to rise again. Expect it in ’68 or ’69; not so far away. A portion of the temples may yet be discovered, under the ages of sea water, near what is known as Bimini.” According to Cayce, Poseidia was the westernmost edge of Atlantis; and the Paradise Point area off Bimini is the highest point of this sunken land.
As would be expected, the apparent realization of this clandestine prophecy set the world abuzz. Skeptics came to see the mysterious Bimini Road for themselves; those on the fence leapt towards belief, and the already convinced were euphoric. However, as time passed, less emotional / more tempered reactions led to the generation of alternative hypotheses as to the origin of this puzzling marvel.
Contemporary scientific wisdom has come to conclude that “The Bimini Road” is a natural formation—not a man made one. Primarily, due to the fact that samples taken from the structure have tested to be simple indigenous beach rock, not some out-of-place stone element more common in the construction of roads; scientists speculate that natural erosion along with unique currents created the remarkable masses. Furthermore, experts point out that similar naturally-occurring formations have been discovered in Oklahoma, Colorado, Tasmania, and Australia. The fact the Bimini formation appears to have formed below sea level has merely sparked excitable and active imaginations. Regardless, a considerable faction remains unconvinced.
A markedly diverse grouping (including a scientific representation of zoologists, linguists, anthropologists, and marine engineers) disagree with the contemporary conventional wisdom. This contingent bases its argument on the simple fact that, after extensive examination, the Bimini Road displays utility and engineering perfection which cannot be logically explained by natural coincidence. Proponents of this viewpoint state that some divers have observed a second continuous layer of rock underlying the entire length of the structure…indicating a design intended for frequent heavy “traffic.”
Moreover, there have been other sightings of potential remnants from Atlantis in the area of the Bahamas. Underwater structures which appear to be vertical walls, a great arch, and pyramids (or bases of pyramids) have reportedly been observed, from above, about 10 miles North of Andros – another island in the Bahamas. Some of the discoveries were made as much as 100 miles offshore. Alternatively, the majority of geologists believe that these are more examples of unique natural formations; observing that some of the structures are too large to have been man made.
While the believers in the possibility of the existence of Atlantis still trust the credibility of Plato’s writings, contemporaries of the legendary thinker regarded this story more as a tale of fiction, than as an historical account. As a matter of fact, Plato’s own equally-renown student, Aristotle, once quipped: “In the case of Atlantis, he who invented it also destroyed it.” It was only in subsequent centuries up to modern times that Plato’s account of Atlantis has been taken seriously.
For their part, natives of Bimini avoid the road—treating it as sacred. Is this based on simple superstitious awe toward an amazing undersea feature…or is it based upon authentic historical significance which has been passed down from generation to generation-- ever since a catastrophic event took place? In the end, the value of The Bimini Road still awaits its official designation in history: an awe inspiring natural rock formation… or a thoroughfare to the west end of a lost magical kingdom.
laymwe01 (author) on February 08, 2013:
I feel the same way. It adds a little excitement and zest to life to think that some of the wonderous legends are true, and the magical places are real.
Lisa Stover from Pittsburgh PA on February 08, 2013:
As a child I was fascinated with Atlantis, so this hub caught my eye. I love mystery and fantasy, so I hope one day it will be proven to have been a real place.