Atlantis Backstory: Chichen Itza pyramid
Central American pyramid, Chichen Itza, similar to the one found by Gunter Jürgens in the novel, with its Atlantis time capsule. Photo: Daniel Schwen (CC-BY-SA-4.0).

Guest Blog by Carl Martin, author of Edge of Remembrance: Gods and Dragons

If you were a scientist and you discovered something which went against prevailing tradition, would you ignore it? Would you destroy the evidence? Most scientists avoid the subject of Atlantis like the plague. Ironically, there’s more emotion and peer pressure involved than science and logic.

When a PhD in history discovered ruins in the waters of the Bahamas, not far from the “Bimini Road,” he asked an academic in Florida to investigate. The archaeology professor refused, citing that any involvement with such an underwater dig could ruin his career. Why? Because it could be associated with the Atlantis myth.

Dabbling in Atlantis without solid proof in peer reviewed journals is as good as professional suicide. Getting solid evidence of Atlantis published is impossible because no one is brave enough to look for evidence. If Atlantis did exist, investigating that past existence has become taboo to all but the fringe of science—the “nut jobs.” Thank goodness science has been blessed with “nut jobs” like Galileo and Einstein—going where timid scientists would not dare, despite the inevitable ridicule and hardships.

This novel—Edge of Remembrance: Gods and Dragons—is about two archaeologists faced with unpopular discoveries. But the realm of the unpopular is where things sometimes get exciting in science—on the verge of a breakthrough.

Merla Velzna discovers a pattern that spells doom for her homeland. A similar pattern had destroyed an earlier civilization—the Gereti Republic. Her career in the Science Class has been one of digging up the remains of that republic—ancient high-tech which makes her own land of Atlan the most advanced nation on the planet. Massive earthquakes had destroyed that earlier civilization. How could she know that the next such event would also destroy the land itself?

Gunter Jürgens discovers a pyramid in the jungles of Nicaragua. In that pyramid, he finds a time capsule which has lain dormant for nearly 12,000 years. Privately, he recognizes the evidence of Atlantis, but publicly he knows better than to mention the “A” word until he has far more evidence.

Proof of Atlantis?

Atlantis Backstory: Palenque Temple Pyramid
Did refugees of Atlantis build any of the pyramids in the Americas? Palenque temple pyramid. Photo: Jan Harenburg (CC-BY-3.0).

Do we have proof of Atlantis? No, not yet. But we have strong evidence of an Atlantis-like event happening at the same time that Plato’s Atlantis supposedly collapsed into the ocean. Four pieces of evidence coincide. Though correlation does not always mean causation, sometimes it does. Otherwise science would never work. If causation did not coincide with effect, then technology would be impossible. Science is always looking for cause-and-effect coincidences; ignoring accidental coincidences. It’s the type of correlation, here, that matters.

But evidence? Yes! While researching the background for this novel, I found some powerful confirmation. Here are the four scraps of evidence which support one another in corroborating the Atlantis-like event:

  • Plato’s mention of Atlantis sinking about 9600 BC. His documentation of the event in his Timaeus and Critias dialogues is pretty thin as evidence goes. It needs far more support. But a lack of evidence never disproves an idea. Those who claim that it does are dabbling in logical fallacies of the “argument to ignorance” type.
  • The abrupt end to the Younger Dryas about 9620 BC. Our current Ice Age switched from glacial to interglacial mode about 9620 BC. Within something like 30 years, global average climate warmed up a whopping +7°C. A similar warming spike had occurred nearly 3,000 years earlier, but that warming melted a massive lake of cold, fresh water. When that pulse of water spilled into the Atlantic, it shut down the planet’s warmth redistribution system—the thermohaline circulation. That plunged the planet back into Ice Age conditions for an additional 1,300 years—a period called the “Big Freeze” or “Younger Dryas.” Something happened about 9620 BC to break through the cold, freshwater cap on the thermohaline circulation. Something stirred up the Atlantic Ocean with sufficient force to restore the redistribution of warm water to the arctic region. A massive tectonic collapse could produce sufficient ocean turbulence to do this.
  • The appearance of volcanic debris in Greenland ice cores dated 9620.77 BC. A moderately large volcanic eruption took place at 9620.77 BC and a slightly smaller event record occurred two years later. The smaller “event” could also merely be a tapering off of the primary eruption. Based on the amount of debris, the volcanic eruption could have been either a VEI (volcanic explosivity index) 5 for a nearby eruption (North Atlantic), or a VEI 7 eruption on the other side of the planet. This was not a minor eruption. In the region Plato gave us for Atlantis, today we find the volcanic archipelago of the Azores. Could a massive tectonic collapse give us erupting volcanoes?
  • The sudden drop of sea levels worldwide at about 9620 BC. This evidence needs corroboration as a proxy for a real event. In a study by Fairbanks published in Nature magazine in 1989, seventeen thousand years of sea level rise are documented. Right at the end of the Younger Dryas, Fairbanks’ data shows a 2-meter drop in sea levels worldwide. Only two things could naturally cause sea level to drop—evaporation and precipitation as snow or ice, or a tectonic collapse of a landform somewhere in the world that created a void filled by that water. Snow fall, however, would take years to accumulate enough snow to account for 2 meters of sea level fall. The data itself may not be real. It could be from an error in measurement, from noise in the data or from some other anomaly. That’s why more research on this one point is needed. But if the sudden drop is indeed a proxy for a real event, then we have a smoking gun in the catastrophic collapse of a Texas or Greenland sized plot of land sinking at least 1 kilometer into the oceans somewhere in the world.

Individually, each fact is interesting, but not compelling. Taken together, however, these four pieces of evidence prove that something big happened right when Plato said that the seas swallowed Atlantis.

But these items of physical evidence are not the only things which support the reality that Atlantis once existed. We also have other items in myth, we have blood types and DNA, we have linguistic clues, and we have social clues that suggest Atlantis may have been real. In an upcoming article, I’ll discuss one of the social clues—matriarchy. This is critical for understanding the novel’s main character—Merla Velzna. She lived in a society dominated by women.

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