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the A.R.E.'s Investigations into the Atlantic

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« Reply #120 on: May 15, 2009, 10:01:19 pm »

                       Exploration of the Bimini Underwater Rectangles Yields Stunning Finds

May 2009
Expedition Summary
By Dr. Lora Little
with Dr. Greg Little

Greg and I have just returned from our most recent expedition to the Bimini in the Bahamas where we were filmed by the History Channel for a show about the search for Atlantis (tentatively scheduled to air in August 2009). They had filmed some footage for the Atlantis show during a trip with us back in January of 2009 while also filming with us for an upcoming Bermuda Triangle show. During the January trip we tried unsuccessfully to dive on a promising underwater site near the Gulf Stream at the 90-100 foot level a few miles west of the Bimini Road. We were then unable to complete that dive since the seas were just too rough and the currents too dangerous. We had explained to the History Channel that this site had been originally identified via a November 2006 side scan sonar expedition funded by A.R.E. and led by archaeologist Bill Donato. Greg and I had obtained one good closeup still shot of a portion of the site in June 2007 from a short dive done by our long-time charter boat colleagues Elsie and Krista Brown. That photograph focused on a large rectangular coral formation. What was most significant was that the photo also appeared to reveal stones placed on top of other stones on one of the corners of the rectangular form. Since the ocean shoreline would have been at the 110 foot level at the time of Cayce and Plato’s Atlantean destruction ca. 10,000 B.C. this site could be the most tangible proof of the existence of a pre-ice age civilization in the Bahamas. In an April/May expedition to Bimini with The National Geographic, we filmed underwater planes for a show on the Bermuda Triangle and also tried to visit and film the rectangles site. However, winds in excess of 30 mph also thwarted that attempt. Fortunately, the weather was quite cooperative this time around.

On this trip we were finally able to dive on the site and to obtain some side scan sonar shots as well as several hours of video footage with our color drop camera. In addition the History Channel had hired expert deep diver and videographer David Ulluoa to capture images from both close up and via a “flyer over” dive about 20 feet above the site using high definition camera video equipment. The results of all of these efforts was striking.

First, the new side scan images that Greg and I had obtained from our boat showed new, more detailed images of the rectangles and emphasized their regularity, consistency and their resemblance to manmade objects as opposed to natural ocean formations. There are literally dozens of these square and rectangular fomations located on a flat sandy bottom and running for approximately a mile. All are densely covered with coral but they are unlike anything else in the region. We also shot close up film with our color drop camera that allowed us to create a set of gps points to map a mile long portion of the site. During this time we collected nearly 3 hours of high quality video of the unusual formations. The video has yet to be fully examined but some images from the film accompany this article.
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