Illustrations Used in Atlantis: Evidence
Atlantis: Evidence is a short book written as an introduction to the topic, focusing on 3 items of scientific evidence, each from a different discipline, which separately, and together, support Plato’s story of Atlantis.
This article provides the illustrations used in that book for those who have versions that don’t include graphics, or only show those graphics in black and white.
The figures are provided in the sequence in which they appear in the book, along with their captions.
Figure 1.1—Bust of Plato, found in Achilleion, Corfu. Photo: Jean Housen (CC BY-SA 4.0).
Figure 3.1—The flower, Dryas octopetala, after which the Younger Dryas period was named. Photo: Steinsplitter (CC BY-SA 3.0).
Figure 3.2—An early, 19th century map of Lake Agassiz, now believed to underestimate the lake’s extent. Notice Hudson Bay in the Northeast and the Great Lakes to the Southeast.
Figure 4.1—Canary Islands. La Palma is the triangular-shaped island in the upper left of the archipelago. Satellite photo: NASA (PD).
Figure 4.2—Mega-tsunami from hypothetical collapse of Cumbre Vieja, 6 hours after initial event. From Ward and Day, 2001, © American Geophysical Union.. Use does not imply endorsement.
Figure 5.1—Part of the data from the GISP2 Greenland ice core. This shows both total sulfate and volcanic sulfate proxy data, indicating the relative size of the volcanic eruption.
Figure 6.1—Pico Island, Azores, Portugal as seen from Faial Island. The Mt. Pico volcano rises above the clouds and above the North Atlantic Ocean. Photo: Horst Evertz (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Figure 7.1—Painting, 1620, of Archimedes, showing the Greek scientist at work: Domenico-Fetti (PD).
Figure 7.2—Graph from R. Fairbanks (1989). It shows Barbados sea level curve based on radiocarbon-dated A. palmata (filled circles) compared with A. palmata age-depth data (open circles) for four other Caribbean island locations. The slow-down in sea level rise is apparent during the Younger Dryas. The dates shown for the start and end of the YD were less precisely known then. Current estimates place these events at about 10,900 and 9600 BC. Copyright Nature magazine. Use does not imply endorsement.
Figure 7.3—The void left by the tectonic collapse of Atlantis required that all the Oceans of the world rush in to fill that void.
Figure 7.4—Estimate of the extent of Ancient Libya and Asia Minor—the size of Atlantis. Map (modified) courtesy CIA.gov (PD).
Figure 7.5—Sizes of oceans and major seas.