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The Russians' Findings

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« on: March 23, 2007, 05:27:00 pm »




THE RUSSIANS                                                                                        continued



A previous American expedition from the Lamont Geological Observatory had in-
vestigated this same area by taking cores, photographs, and dredging the bottom.  Although certainly not the primary object of the oceanic research, no traces of ancient man were found, reminding one of an observation made by Dr. Maurice Ewing, who said he "spent thirteen years exploring the Mid-Atlantic Ridge [but] found no trace of sunken cities."

The Soviet expedition apparently had better luck.  When the extensive series of photographs taken from the ACADEMICIAN PETROVSKY were being developed, studied and catalogued, it was noted by Marakuyev, who had been in charge of the photography, that the pictures taken on the summit of the Ampere Seamount, a submarine plateau which thrusts upward from a 10,000-foot depth to within 200 feet of the surface, showed a number of unexpected features.  Marakuyev has expressed his initial reaction to the surprising objects that appeared on several
of the photographs:


"While still on the expedition, when I had developed the photographs and made
prints, I realized that I had never seen anything like it before.  The Institute of Oceanography of the USSR has a huge archive of underwater photographs that have been taken on countless expeditions over many years in all parts of the world's oceans.  We also have copies of many thousands of photographs taken by our American colleagues.  Nowhere have I seen anything so close to traces of the life and activity of man in places which could once have been dry land."


The following comments from the ZNANIE-SILA point out some salient features of
the underwater discoveries:


"On the first photograph we can see this wall on the
left side of the photographs.  Stone blocks on the upper
edge of the wall are clearly visible....Taking into
account the foreshortening of the photograph and the
height of the wall, it is curious to examine more closely
the strip of vertical masonry.  Although the lens was
pointing almost vertically downwards, areas of ma-
sonry can be seen quite clearly.  One can count five
such areas, and if one takes into account the defor-
mation of scale caused by the nearness of the lens to
the object, one may suggest that the masonry blocks
of the wall are up to 1.5 meters high and a little longer
in length.

On the second photograph we can see the same
wall from directly above.  It crosses the picture di-
agonally.  The control disc is in the center.  It is not
difficult to calculate that the breadth of the wall is
about 75 centimeters.  The masonry blocks are clearly
visible on both sides of the wall.  Seaweed is visible
on all the photographs, thick, reddish brown in color....

The third photograph is from another series taken
at the summit of the Ampere Seamount.  An area over
which lava has flowed can be seen on it, and it appears
to descend by three steps.  If one counts the upper and
barely visible lower edges....in all we can see five
steps.  They are broken down, of course, and over-
grown with glass-like sponges.
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