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« on: December 30, 2007, 07:57:32 pm »

Atlantis "Discovery" Gets Sunk
by D. Trull

Enigma Editor

The island of Bimini in the Bahamas has long been a favorite hotspot in
the search for Atlantis. Speculation has centered around a supposed
"Bimini Road" (or "Bimini Wall"), a structure often said to have been
paved on the ocean floor by Atlanteans, which is actually a natural
formation of limestone. There have also been unfounded reports of stone
columns and giant pyramids in the island's waters. Now another claim has
surfaced of a great discovery at Bimini, and it appears that it will
prove just as insubstantial as the Atlantis theories that have come and
gone before.

Aaron Du Val, president of the Miami-based Egyptology Society, recently
announced that a team of underwater explorers has found the ruins of
12,000-year-old temples off the coast of Bimini. Du Val claimed the
structures bear markings and architectural specifications that match
well-known megaliths in Egypt, South America and other parts of the
world. The noted similarities to Egyptian ruins included distinctive
quarry marks on the rocks and the same geometric angles present in the
Great Pyramid of Giza. Other markings were said to match the Altamira
cave paintings of Spain. To make his claims even more fantastic, Du Val
said the Bimini ruins contained "exact orbital plots of the planets and
what seem to have been intricate star shafts, metal-coated walls, and
intermingled stones of various colors."

In the initial press release, dated July 6, 1997, Du Val made no
specific reference to Atlantis. Later, in an interview conducted by a
new age organization called New Heaven New Earth, he stopped short of
claiming that these ruins were evidence of the legendary sunken city,
although he seemed to relish the possibility.

"Atlantis is a pretty touchy subject," Du Val said. "Maybe this will be
the trigger to bring more people forth to explore ideas that have been
taboo in the past. Megalithic structures are not supposed to be in the
Bahamas. These are closer to what you would find at Giza than what you
would find in Mexico or Peru, which is very strange. People are saying
unbelievable things like it could force the re-interpretation of the
course of human history."

Du Val was quick to agree when the interviewer noted how his
announcement seemed to fulfill the predictions of alleged prophet Edgar
Cayce, one of the top Atlantis advocates of all time.

"This discovery fits right with his predictions," Du Val said. "Now we
are not saying it is Atlantis, but it sure is strange how these findings
not only match Cayce's predictions but Plato's writings as well, even to
the metal-coated walls."

In fact, Cayce actually prophesied -- among other things -- that
Atlantis would rise again to the surface in 1968 or 1969. Plato's
description of Atlantis was most likely a reference to the Minoan island
of Santorini, near Crete, which was devastated by a volcano.

Du Val remained tight-lipped on crucial details of the Bimini ruins,
including the exact location of the findings and the names of the
explorers who found them. He explained that he needed to work out
arrangements with museums and the Bahamian government to protect the
site before its location was made public. Du Val planned a press
conference for July 25, promising full disclosure and presentation of
video tapes and photographs of the ruins. He also stated that he had
never claimed the ruins were Atlantis, apparently to combat the
"Atlantis fever" word of his announcement had triggered on the Internet.

Du Val's claims garnered a stern rebuke from Dr. Paul Pettennude, an
underwater archaeologist with the Maya Underwater Research Center, who
is intimately familiar with the waters around Bimini. In a statement
issued to New Heaven New Earth, he listed several reasons why nothing
like the ruins Du Val describes could possibly exist. Among the points
of Pettennude's argument:

-- "Bimini is not the lost world. It is a very, very popular resort
destination and thousands of divers visit it every year. Every available
reef is dived frequently and nothing else has turned up."

-- Equipment used by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute of
Melbourne, Florida, and the Rosenteil School of Oceanography at the
University of Miami "is very sophisticated and there is nothing but
known wrecks being found."

-- "In 1986, NASA had the Navy scour everything north of Cuba to north
of North Carolina looking for pieces of the exploded Challenger shuttle.
Every square foot of bottom down to 6,000 feet was examined and every
piece of the wreck larger than a dinner plate was recovered."

-- "The U.S. Navy maintains a system called SOSUS which cost $16 billion
to secure the ocean floor from foreign subs. It paints a picture of
everything from the bottom up."

-- "The reefs off Bimini from 300 feet up to the surface are less than
14,000 years old. This is the level to which the water rose at the end
of the last ice age. There could not be a sunken city because the Bahama
Islands are not shrinking but actually growing inches per year. This
would have made any ancient city unstable."

-- "Divers could not have found a city below 250 feet without special
diving gases. ... There are only a handful of people in the world
trained and certified to dive these research blends. I am one of them
and the group is a close knit family. No one has any knowledge nor has
been asked to find an ancient city."

Pettennude also mentioned the spurious "Bimini Road" and noted that the
man who discovered it in 1968, J. Manson Valentine, was one of his
professors at the University of Miami. Another red herring that has
thrown off Atlantis seekers at Bimini are stone pillars on the ocean
floor that resemble shattered marble columns. These artifacts were
actually formed by barrels of cement and similar materials that sunk
from ships and hardened underwater, leaving stone casts after the wood
staves of the barrels rotted away.

The weight of the evidence certainly seems to be stacked against Du Val.
As it turned out, he canceled the July 25 press conference at the last
minute. He indicated that more time was necessary to ensure the safety
of the ruins, lest they fall victim to looters and vandals. Du Val
rescheduled the press conference for August 8, but it was postponed a
second time.

After extensive research, ParaScope has found no further information on
this supposed discovery or any subsequent public remarks from Du Val.
Obviously, the mass media has made no announcement on the discovery of
Atlantis. The only news outlet that seems to be following the story is
the web site of New Heaven New Earth, whose news bulletins are available
to members only -- at a cost of $100 a year. News concerning the Bimini
discovery is to be posted by NHNE "four weeks after our subscribers have
received it." At ParaScope, where we believe the news should always be
free for everyone, we may have more to report on this story after all
the details have surfaced.

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