by Gary Vey for viewzone
How did these cities get under the Caribbean?
Most of the dates that geologists place on underwater anomalies are from 8,000 to 12,000 years ago. This is because they have determined that this is when the oceans were much lower and the submerged land that we see today was once high above the water line.
About 12000 to 14000 years ago, the Earth had just encountered something that changed the climate dramatically. Soon after this mysterious event the ice caps started melting at both the North and South Poles. The oceans received this melting water and rose up to about where they are today.
Geologists think that the "trigger event" may have been something from space -- perhaps either an asteroid or comet that broke up and plunged into the ocean, causing atmospheric heating and huge tsunamis. Another theory has North America being hit by a huge Coronal Mass Ejection. But whatever it was, it left traces of microscopic debris in an identifiable layer that extends in a mat over North America, with its highest concentration being near the Great Lakes.
The theory that these cities were submerged around this time is supported by traces of some kind of impact that is visible on the East coast of America. Thousands of elliptical craters called "Carolina Bays" cover parts of North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Virginia and Maryland. One age estimate for the craters is 10,500 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age. [above Aerial photograph of the Myrtle Beach area by Fairchild Aerial Survey in 1930]
More on the Carolina Bays
In the 1930s, aerial surveys were done for the first time of the Carolinas. When these pictures were developed and printed, the surveyors noticed as many as 500,000 elliptical craters -- some filled with water, some just dry land across the Carolina states. But also when it was traced further, it was noticed they went as high as New Jersey and down south to Florida. And they covered 6 states.
- An estimated half a million (crater) depressions, in at least six states that cover around 160,000 square kilometers.
- Aside from Georgia, North and South Carolina, they are also to be found in other bordering states such as Maryland Virginia and Florida.
- Their (craters) frequency is astonishing. One area of Bladen County, North Carolina that measures 8 kilometers by 6.4 kilometers has a 67% covering of bays. Other areas of the Carolinas have as much as 50% bay cover.
- No fewer than 140,000 of these are of moderate to large size, with lengths of more than 152.4 meters. One of the biggest depressions is Big Swamp Bay in central South Carolina which is six kilometers from one end to the other. Some bays over 11 kilometers long.
- Many craters possess magnetic anomalies.
- In Camden, South Carolina, close to some of the bays, drainage ditch excavators found at a depth of 4.3 meters a mass of downed trees, all in the same alignment as if there had been a massive blowdown in the distant past.
It was quite clear from plotting the position of these craters that a much larger event must have happened. Ones that went into mountain areas obviously disappeared. Those that went into the water were not traceable. So, right from the earliest point, it was suggested these were the result of meteor showers. But some of the bays or craters were several miles long. Some of them were only a few hundred yards. There was no consistency to what had happened.
[Above Carolina Bay as seen today in a photo from an airplane.]
The consensus of the scientific community was that this was a large asteroid that broke apart and crashed into the earth and Atlantic Ocean with tremendous energy. The time for this event has been placed at about 9000 years BCE.
This is, more or less, the date of these submerged sites -- including the discovery that was announced today. Could it be Atlantis? It's a good guess. Take a look at some of the other artifacts that have been recorded in the Caribbean.
[Above] Although they are not monuments or great cities, there are many unusual linear patterns that have been detected by satellite imagery. Many of these lie in deep water and so are not explored. We see curious patterns that stimulate our imagination and certainly look as if they were made by humans.
Gridded Anomaly, Cay Sal Bank, Bahamas [above] is located at Latitude: 23.75965 Longitude -79.79439. It has a large grid which appears to be the remains of a large building. How did this get there unless it was once on dry land. And once again we ask, "When was the last time this land was dry?" Geologists tell us it would have to be at least 11,000 years ago!
Cuba [above] seems to be central to the most dense collection of underwater artifacts. Located at Latitude: 23 37' 12.32"N / Longitude 78 55' 28.15"W, a linear, gridded area can be seen in both the NASA and Google Earth images of the Cayo Santa Maria off the coast of Caibarien, Cuba. The gridded anomaly area is approximately 2.8 miles long by 3 miles wide. The areas within the 3 red ovals may be possible sub-surface anomalies. Notice there seem to be nodes where many of the lines form intersections suggesting sub-surface anomalies at the intersection areas.
Lastly, this image is off the coast of Florida [above]. The linear anomalies below are underwater, approximately 80-110 feet below the surface off the Southern tip of Florida.
Latitude: 25 6' 20.52"N / Longitude 82 33' 20.91"W .
We hope that the announcement today is not another attempt to secure "easy money" for an expensive expedition that will benefit the explorers but not the archaeologists. There is hope that this is real because the photographic images are so detailed and cover a huge area. At least this time, as opposed to the 2001 expedition, we're not looking at some rocks that only appear goemetric -- there apparently is a whole metropolis down there!
As always, we'll keep you posted on the discovery and its ramifications on history.
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