Atlantis: Lost City No Longer?

What is Atlantis?

The lost city of Atlantis is an issue that historians have debated for many years. Mentions of its existence can be traced as far back as the time of the philosopher Plato and his text Timaeus. According to his writings, Atlantis was a ringed city (or possibly, continent), well known for its bravery, that was destroyed and buried by a tsunami. In today’s world, most people pass Atlantis off as just another myth…

…But Maybe They’re Wrong

Professor Richard Freund of the University of Hartford and his research team have recently made a discovery that may alter the picture dramatically. Last night’s National Geographic show presented their latest findings. Utilizing radar technology, digital imaging and mapping as well as satellites, the team located the traces of a sunken city off the coast of Northern Spain. The credibility of the discovery is strengthened by the unearthing of several “memorial cities,” believed to be built by Atlantis survivors following the destruction of their home.

While the findings leave room for much speculation, the researchers’ discovery is certainly fascinating. Perhaps further studies will uncover more information and add some color to the history of Northern Spain.

Robot Explores 2,000 Year Old Tunnel in Mexico

Teotihuacan

Robots have been used to help industries and consumers perform tasks more efficiently, more reliably, and in many cases performing in ways that humans simply cannot compete. Recently a robot was used to explore an underground tunnel at the ruins of Teotihuacan in Mexico.

The robot, a 12-inch-wide vehicle equipped with a video camera, was able to travel into a 2,000 year old cavern which was found in early 2010 under the ruins of the temples of Teotihuacan. The exploration took place this past November.

Teotihuacan is the “City of The Gods” located 30 miles northeast of Mexico City. It is considered by many to be Mexico’s most important archeological site. The ancient city was a booming metropolis for 600 years between 100 and 700 AD. Much mystery still surrounds the city and the civilization that built it. Tools such as the robot explorer will help to reveal some of those secrets to archeologists.

NOAA Exploration at the Bottom of Lake Huron

Summer makes me think of water. Water makes me think of the ocean, and the ocean is just begging to be explored. So what is new these days in deep sea exploration? Well for one thing, not all of it is taking place in the sea. From August 16-27 2010 a team from NOAA, (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) conducted a hunt for shipwrecks in Lake Huron, one of the Great Lakes in the Northern Midwestern section of the United States. Joining NOAA was the Applied Research lab at the University of Texas at Austin.  They will be using an advanced sonar device which will be fitted onto a REMUS 600 autonomous underwater vehicle.

The exploration took place at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which was created in 2000 in order to protect what is considered to be one of America’s most significant collections of shipwrecks. Because of the cold, fresh water of the lake, the wrecks are in a particularly excellent state of preservation, making them a true treasure for archeologists and historians. Visit the website and explore the bottom of the lake with the NOAA.