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Title: Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off Spanish coast are lost city
Post by: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on November 18, 2018, 02:23:08 pm
Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off the Spanish coast are the lost city declare UK satellite experts

    Private company Merlin Burrows examined previously found ancient ruins
    Experts have long thought the sites off the coast of Spain were Roman or Greek
    But Merlin Burrows says they once formed part of the city of Atlantis

By Harry Pettit For Mailonline

Published: 09:15 EST, 15 November 2018 | Updated: 15:13 EST, 15 November 2018

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The location of the lost city of Atlantis may finally have been discovered, according to one team of historians.

Ancient ruins examined using satellite imagery provide evidence that the city's huge harbour walls once stood in southern Spain, the experts say.

Many of the sites studied by the team were already known to archaeologists, and are thought to have been constructed by the ancient Romans and Greeks.

Now researchers at private satellite imaging firm Merlin Burrows claim to have found evidence that the sites were in fact built by a mysterious ancient people known as the Atlanteans.

Atlantis was recorded in the writings of Greek philosopher Plato, who in 400 BC described an advanced island civilisation that ruled a vast maritime empire, some 9,000 years before his own era.

The city of Atlantis at the centre of this empire was described as having an enormous harbour wall, huge entrance pillars, a temple to the god Poseidon and massive circular pieces of land carved out by the Atlanteans to live on.

It is thought a cataclysmic natural disaster, such as a tsunami or volcanic event, eventually wiped out the Atlanteans, consigning their legacy to legend.

Scientists are yet to find conclusive evidence that Atlantis existed. Many scholars believe Plato invented the story as a way to present his philosophical theories.

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Picture shows what UK firm believes are the remnants of the harbour wall of Atlantis which was said to five-and-a-half miles long. Plato wrote that this wall was '50 stadia long' which would make it around five-and-a-half miles (9 km) in length


Title: Re: Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off Spanish coast are lost city
Post by: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on November 18, 2018, 02:24:02 pm
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Image shows formations inside the Doñana National Park, Andalucia, Spain. They may be evidence of islands depicted by Plato in his story of Atlantis. The philosopher described how buildings were propped up on a mixture of natural and man made island structures


Title: Re: Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off Spanish coast are lost city
Post by: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on November 18, 2018, 02:24:49 pm
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Pictured are a selection of the sites studied by the team at Merlin Burrows, a satellite imaging company based in Yorkshire. The white line shows where researchers believe the harbour wall described by Plato was built
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT ATLANTIS?

Atlantis was recorded in the writings of the famed Greek philosopher Plato around 400 BC.

He described an advanced island civilisation that ruled a vast maritime empire.

According to Plato, Atlantis existed some 9,000 years before his own era.

The city of Atlantis at the centre of this empire was described as having, among other features, an enormous harbour wall and huge entrance pillars.

It had a temple to the god Poseidon and massive circular pieces of land carved out by the Atlanteans to live on.

It is thought a cataclysmic natural disaster, such as a tsunami or volcanic event, eventually wiped out the Atlanteans, consigning their legacy to legend.

Scientists are yet to find conclusive evidence that Atlantis ever existed, and many scholars believe Plato invented the myth as a way to present his philosophical theories.

Experts at Merlin Burrows believe the flooded ruins of the legendary city are off the coast of southern Spain.

The location is somewhere north of the city of Cadiz, Andalucía, centred around the Doñana National Park, which the historians believe was once a vast inland sea.

And they claim that south and north of the park there is further evidence of the ancient civilisation, with 15 other settlements dotted along the coastline.

Most of these settlements are believed to be of Roman or Greek origin by archaeologists, as each civilisation once occupied the area.

But now using unique satellite investigation techniques, aerial photography and ground observations of the site, British experts believe they have found all the features of Atlantis Plato described and evidence of how they were destroyed.

Although some scholars believe Atlantis to be a myth, Merlin Burrows claim their discoveries will once and for all prove the lost civilisation existed.

Maritime historian Tim Akers, head of research at Merlin Burrows, said not only had they discovered Atlantis, but also found the people were incredibly advanced.

He said 'laboratory analysis' of material recovered from Spain showed evidence of a type of cement not seen before, as well as ancient advanced metallurgy.

A greenish blue patina has been found covering some of the ruins which tests have shown is an ancient combination of metals.


Title: Re: Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off Spanish coast are lost city
Post by: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on November 18, 2018, 02:26:04 pm
He said: 'Plato describes in detail a patina on the buildings and structures of the cities and temples making up this complex.

'We have filmed clear evidence and have collected samples which have been scientifically tested in a lab in Modena, Italy, which is used to test ancient Roman finds.

'The results of the tests prove the age of the finds are older than Roman or Greek, and that they were more advanced.

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This image shows a computer mock-up of what the team believes the city of Atlantis would have looked like. Buildings were constructed on island platforms dotted throughout a stretch of inland sea that has since filled with sediment at what is now Doñana National Park in Spain


Title: Re: Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off Spanish coast are lost city
Post by: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on November 18, 2018, 02:26:39 pm
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The city of Atlantis was described by Plato as having, among other features, an enormous harbour wall and huge entrance pillars. It had a temple to the god Poseidon and massive circular pieces of land carved out by the Atlanteans to live on

Aerial images of the site where Merlin Burrows believes Atlantis once stood show what they think is evidence of a harbour wall – an incredible 75 metres (245 ft) thick.

Plato wrote that this wall was '50 stadia long' which would make it around five-and-a-half miles in length.

Satellite images show what Merlin Burrows claim is evidence still visible today of sand dunes where this massive wall was destroyed by a huge influx of water.

The same water which eventually filled the inland sea with sediment and destroyed Atlantis.

Tim said: 'The site is spread over 100 miles from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, as to age as yet we have been unable to give a fixed date for the beginning, but its end was at the last Ice Age around 10,000 years ago.

'At the centre of the line of coastal cities was one gigantic inland sea 65 miles long, filled with multiple islands, some natural, others man-made.

'The main complex consists of two distinct individual multi-Island platforms.


Title: Re: Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off Spanish coast are lost city
Post by: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on November 18, 2018, 02:27:27 pm
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This radar scan from Merlin Burrows shows what they claim is a foundation that once help up a building of Atlantis. It was discovered on a beach in southern Spain


Title: Re: Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off Spanish coast are lost city
Post by: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on November 18, 2018, 02:28:00 pm
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Image shows an aerial of some of the ancient structures which litter the western Andalucian coastline. Romans, Greeks both are recorded as settling there. However, British historians believe that many of the ruins were in fact part of the city of Atlantis

'And one is offset from the other so that anyone on those islands can see every island in the complex.

'It is unique, nowhere in our world is there anything resembling this, and the structures match exactly Plato's dimensions with no deviation. It is absolutely spot on.

'Investigations in Doñana lead to the conclusion that there have been two natural disasters (tsunamis) that caused the islands and dry areas to sink, one of which happened around 1500 BC and the other 200AD. There is also evidence of a tsunami event in the Bible.'

Merlin Burrows have now recorded a documentary film about their mission to reveal Atlantis called 'Atlantica'.

In the film the team visit sites they believe still show clues to the past people that once lived there, right up to the naming of the ancient town in the region Medina-Sidonia.


Title: Re: Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off Spanish coast are lost city
Post by: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on November 18, 2018, 02:28:48 pm
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Pictured is the Dolmen of Menga, an incredible 5,500 year old burial tomb built into a mountain near the team's Atlantica site. They suggest the tomb may have formed a part of the ancient city of Atlantis


Title: Re: Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off Spanish coast are lost city
Post by: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on November 18, 2018, 02:29:29 pm
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Aerial images of the site where Merlin Burrows believes Atlantis once stood show what they think is evidence of a harbour wall (pictured), which was an 75 metres (245 ft) thick

The settlement is believed to be the oldest city in Europe and its name means City of Sidon – the word Sidon which could be linked to Poseidon.

Tim said much of what Merlin Burrows have found today with their technology is thanks to Plato's original descriptions.

He said: 'Plato describes the location exactly and all we did was follow in his footsteps the way ancient seafarers would have travelled to the cities.

'We explain why, people have misunderstood the circles of Atlantis and why no one had seen these stunning complexes before.

'The site has both Tartessian, Greek, Phoenician, and Roman additions and our scans show multiple occupations over time till there final and ultimate destruction.


Title: Re: Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off Spanish coast are lost city
Post by: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on November 18, 2018, 02:30:05 pm
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This image shows detail on a stone object on a beach north of Cadiz, Andalucia, Southern Spain. Merlin Burrows claims this structure dates back to the time of Atlantis and is not a later Greek or Roman artefact, as many archaeologists believe


Title: Re: Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off Spanish coast are lost city
Post by: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on November 18, 2018, 02:30:49 pm
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Picture shows a beach north of Cadiz, Andalucia, Southern Spain. Merlin Burrows, a British satellite firm believes the beach hides the once massive harbour wall of Atlantis

'We only present the facts and try not to delve into speculation. What is unique in our presentation is all of this material has never been seen before.'

Now Merlin Burrows hope recognition of both their discovery and distribution of the film will help protect the region for future generations and secure funding for further study.

Tim said: 'To understand Atlantis is to understand the ways of ancient life as it was at the peak of human life on earth.

'We would hope that the people in southern Spain would benefit from the knowledge of their ancient past.

'That all the sites are protected, and in some cases moved, so we can all enjoy them in the future. Also, that the regions would benefit from the tourism both in work and other opportunities.


Title: Re: Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off Spanish coast are lost city
Post by: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on November 18, 2018, 02:31:38 pm
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This computer generated image shows what the massive 75 metre wide, five-and-a-half-miles-long harbour wall that some believe protected Atlantis may have appeared


Title: Re: Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off Spanish coast are lost city
Post by: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on November 18, 2018, 02:32:17 pm
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This image shows ancient structures on a beach near Cadiz, Andalucia, Southern Spain. The team believes these are from Atlantis, and not later Roman or Greek additions, which is currently the accepted origin by most archaeologists

'New museums and scientific study centres would enhance the economy and open active debates to the early origins of man.'

Documentary filmmaker Michael Donnellan has produced the film 'Atlantica' about Merlin Burrows discovery.

Michael, who has studied classical Greek and Minoan archeology, travelled to Southern Spain to film what Tim and the team of satellite historians had found.

He said: 'Finding and filming Atlantis has been life changing. Talk about a purpose.

'All my skillsets and passions have come together in the creation of this series of films. The discovery of Atlantis is monumental.

'Suddenly we know, not think, but know that humanity, in an advanced stage of development, existed, so long ago.


Title: Re: Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off Spanish coast are lost city
Post by: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on November 18, 2018, 02:32:53 pm
(https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2018/11/15/16/6223618-6393371-Pictured_is_a_topographical_scan_of_the_area_of_the_harbour_wall-a-88_1542297725640.jpg)

Pictured is a topographical scan of the area of the harbour wall remnants from Merlin Burrows. They claim the wall once guarded the entrace to a vast inland sea which today covers most of the area of Doñana National Park

'And had existed undisturbed for many thousands of years prior to its destruction.

'The imagination boggles when considering their capabilities. We have a lot we can learn from this civilization, to help move our own into a better future.'

Michael said that tests at the Modena Materials Analysis Laboratory in Italy on material taken from the site had revealed amazing results.

He said: 'The harbour wall seems to have had a coating that prevented barnacle growth, like modern Teflon.

'That requires highly advanced construction technologies and knowledge of chemistry.

'We've received overwhelming excitement about our discovery of Atlantis, including a great deal of feedback from our colleagues in academic circles as well.


Title: Re: Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off Spanish coast are lost city
Post by: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on November 18, 2018, 02:33:42 pm
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Pictured is a topographical scan of the area of the harbour wall remnants from Merlin Burrows. They claim the wall once guarded the entrace to a vast inland sea which today covers most of the area of Doñana National Park

'And had existed undisturbed for many thousands of years prior to its destruction.

'The imagination boggles when considering their capabilities. We have a lot we can learn from this civilization, to help move our own into a better future.'

Michael said that tests at the Modena Materials Analysis Laboratory in Italy on material taken from the site had revealed amazing results.

He said: 'The harbour wall seems to have had a coating that prevented barnacle growth, like modern Teflon.

'That requires highly advanced construction technologies and knowledge of chemistry.

'We've received overwhelming excitement about our discovery of Atlantis, including a great deal of feedback from our colleagues in academic circles as well.
Image shows Head of Research Tim Akers (left) and CEO Bruce Blackburn (right) from Merlin Burrows, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire
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Title: Re: Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off Spanish coast are lost city
Post by: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on November 18, 2018, 02:34:12 pm
Image shows Head of Research Tim Akers (left) and CEO Bruce Blackburn (right) from Merlin Burrows, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire

'It is for this reason we continue to include every science available to us, in order to verify all our finds are genuine, and to satisfy every angle we can.'

Material gathered from the Atlantis site, from the habour wall and from the pillars found on the beach, has been tested in Italy at a laboratory used to dealing with Roman finds.

Dr Giacomo Falanga, from the Modena Centro Prove, a chemical testing laboratory in Modena, Italy, said samples from the site included a variety of material.

He said: 'These structures contain binders, like calcite. The presence of mica, potassium, and other trace minerals show proof of artificial mixing of materials, so the samples we have tested are made from an ancient, prehistoric concrete.'

Andrea Carpi, a space materials engineer from the laboratory, said: 'We can confirm with certainty that the samples analysed were the creation of an ancient civilisation with advanced construction methods, which makes me believe that we're talking about a civilisation with very advanced technology.'


Title: Re: Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off Spanish coast are lost city
Post by: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on November 18, 2018, 02:34:53 pm
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The location is somewhere north of the city of Cadiz, Andalucía, centred around the Doñana National Park, which the historians believe was once a vast inland sea


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6393371/Could-Atlantis-Satellites-spot-ancient-ruins-flooded-Spanish-coast.html


Title: Re: Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off Spanish coast are lost city
Post by: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on November 18, 2018, 02:35:45 pm

Newspaper Roundup: The "Daily Mail" Seeks Atlantis in Spain, While the "Boston Globe" Hunts the Westford Knight

11/17/2018

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​On the edges of history, fanciful stories never really die. They pass into pop culture folklore, endlessly recycled from one article to the next. Why? That’s a great question. As the recent Chapman University survey showed, one reason is that anywhere from a plurality to a majority of Americans believe in false history like Atlantis, ancient astronauts, and their ilk. The other reason is that these stories become the equivalent of the “bus-plunge” story—a familiar narrative that can be used reliably to fill time and space with a minimum of effort. The “bus-plunge” story is named for a distressingly frequent feature in newspapers of the twentieth century, which would fill blank spaces on their pages with small stories about buses plunging off of cliffs and bridges, usually in South America and India. As morbid as it sounds, these events happened (and continue to happen) with such frequency that editors could guarantee that they will always have one on hand to fill in any blank spaces, changing only the dateline and the number of victims. Atlantis, aliens, etc. are similarly easy features that require little effort.
​To that end, it was no surprise that The Daily Mail—as several regular readers informed me—latched on to a recent claim by Merlin Burrows, a scanning and surveying outfit, that they have discovered proof of Atlantis in Spain, where a series of cable TV documentaries over the past five years have placed it.

    Maritime historian Tim Akers, head of research at Merlin Burrows, said not only had they discovered Atlantis, but also found the people were incredibly advanced.
     
    He said 'laboratory analysis' of material recovered from Spain showed evidence of a type of cement not seen before, as well as ancient advanced metallurgy.

​Akers claims that a blue-green residue found near Doñana National Park, north of Cadiz, represents proof of Plato’s truthful account of Atlantis. “Plato describes in detail a patina on the buildings and structures of the cities and temples making up this complex,” he said. I believe he is referring to a passage in the Critias in which Plato preposterously asserts that all of the walls ringing Atlantis were plated in metals, and all of the temples with precious metals: “The entire circuit of the wall, which went round the outermost zone, they covered with a coating of brass, and the circuit of the next wall they coated with tin, and the third, which encompassed the citadel, flashed with the red light of orichalcum. … . All the outside of the temple, with the exception of the pinnacles, they covered with silver, and the pinnacles with gold.” (trans. Benjamin Jowett). As you can see, Plato doesn’t speak of a patina, nor of just one covering but rather of incredible—literally—amounts of metal (even if just leaf) covering every surface of whole walls ringing the city.
 
As the Daily Mail dryly noted, many of the ruins that Merlin Burrows identifies as belonging to Atlantis are known or suspected Greco-Roman sites from Classical Antiquity. Akers has radically re-dated them to the last Ice Age and alleged that the structured he used satellite imagery to discover “match exactly Plato’s dimensions with no deviation.” Given that the length of Greek stadia varied greatly over Antiquity (modern estimates range from around 157 meters to more than 200 meters), it will be a neat trick to hear how he determined the correct length to use for such a match. Akers and his team also declared that Neolithic ruins in Spain were the eroded ruins of Atlantean buildings.
 
Akers declared these stone age ruins “the peak of human life on earth.” Insert your own joke here.
 
Naturally, Merlin Burrows have produced a documentary about their “discovery” and openly told the Mail that their purpose was to “secure funding for further research”—in other words, to get paid. Indeed, the company believe that they can successfully exploit Atlantis as an economic draw for all of Spain’s Seville region. They did not, however, answer the obvious question of how a powerful and militarily puissant Athens supposedly existed in 9600 BCE when there was no fully developed city before Mycenaean times and only small settlements before that. Apparently, Plato is only reliable when his details match one’s prejudices.
 
Meanwhile, a newspaper closer to home recycled yet another old chestnut this week. The Boston Globe delivered another in a fairly steady series of newspaper stories covering the so-called Westford Knight, a weird story that refuses to die. As I reported three years ago, the earlier accounts of the supposed carving of a medieval knight on a slab of rock in Westford, Massachusetts do not actually refer to either a knight or to clear evidence of intentional carving:

    This claim may well be false, since the Westford image was first described in an 1874 gazetteer of Massachusetts … : “The mineral called ‘andalusite’ is found here; and an immense ledge which crops out near the Centre has upon its surface ridges furrowed in former times by glacial forces. There is upon its face a rude figure, supposed to have been cut by some Indian artist.”

    However, it is unclear from the gazetteer entry whether the “rude figure” is actually the punched “sword” hilt or refers to the imaginary human figure projected onto the glacial ridges, as the text implies. If that latter, it would actually support the idea that the sword hilt was punched at a later date. Indeed, in the clearer description in Edwin Hodgman’s 1883 History of Westford, there is no mention of the sword-hilt at all, and it is quite easy to read his comments as referring to an imagined face appearing in the random grooves left by a glacier: “A broad ledge, which crops out near the house of William Kittredge, has upon its surface grooves made by glaciers in some far-off geological age. Rude outlines of the human face have been traced upon it, and the figure is said to be the work of Indians.” In both the 1874 and 1883 accounts, the obviously manmade features of the current carving are not mentioned explicitly, and in both cases the authors heavily imply by placing the “rude” outline so close to a discussion of glacial activity that the image is imaginary and the product of local fancy and legend.

    My conclusion would be that local people in Westford imagined a human figure in the glacial markings, and sometime after 1883 someone “improved” upon it with the pecked sword hilt, perhaps under the influence of the then-popular hypothesis that the Viking Vinland was Massachusetts.

​Indeed, there is some testimony that the “sword” hilt on the figure was actually intended to be a peace pipe and was carved around the time I referenced above.
 
Anyway, the usual suspects appear in the Globe article, notably novelist David Brody, a longtime advocate of the Westford Knight’s medieval origins. “I’m blown away by how much evidence there is,” Brody told the Globe, despite their being no medieval artifacts ever uncovered in connection with the rock. “The overwhelming weight of the evidence in this case points to the authenticity of the legend,” Brody said. There is not a single piece of evidence that Henry I Sinclair, Earl of Orkney ever left Europe, let alone led an expedition to Massachusetts. Those facts which do remain about the only document from medieval times used to support this claim, the so-called Zeno narrative, actually refute it. The Zeno narrative clearly states that the character identified as Sinclair in the 1780s—Zichmni—traveled only to Greenland. The documentary record contracts key facts of the Zeno narrative, which, to be clear, its compiler admitted to recreating from memory and fancy in the 1580s after allegedly destroying the original, supposedly dated to the 1390s.
 
The Globe compared the myth of the knight to the Roswell UFO crash—an implausible myth sustained by a culture of belief, and, we might add, cynical or sensational media coverage.
 
One Westford resident summed up the appeal of the legend in an accidentally revealing interview response: “I like the romance of the story. I like the connection to Scotland. And I like Westford being featured as a very important place.” In short, the appeal of the story is (a) fantasy, (b) Eurocentrism, and (c) local pride. That basically sums up three quarters of the fringe claims we find associated with the out of the way corners of America. Brody concurs: “If this legend is true, it rewrites the history books, and Westford is really the first place we know of that Europeans came to explore,” Brody said. Except it isn’t. The Vikings were active in Newfoundland hundreds of years earlier.
 
I’ll give the Globe credit: Their article appropriately emphasized the skeptical viewpoint and accurately reported the complete and total lack of evidence for the wild claims made for the Westford Knight.


http://www.jasoncolavito.com/blog/newspaper-roundup-the-daily-mail-seeks-atlantis-in-spain-while-the-boston-globe-hunts-the-westford-knight


Title: Re: Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off Spanish coast are lost city
Post by: knakker on February 21, 2019, 01:58:47 am
No


Title: Re: Could this be Atlantis? Ancient ruins flooded off Spanish coast are lost city
Post by: knakker on February 22, 2019, 03:12:00 am
Atlantis was a desert island not sea.