Vanishing Islands

There are a few different types of vanishing islands. There are those which are only visible during low tide, but we won’t be discussing those here. The type of vanishing island which this post refers to are the ones of possibly mythological lost civilizations. The types such as Atlantis and Lemuria.

The Greek philosopher Plato wrote about Atlantis some 2,000 years ago. At the time of his writings, the possible civilization had already been lost for 1,000 years. There have been vivid descriptions of what life was like on Atlantis, what their society was like, physical descriptions of Atlantis itself, that it was located in the Atlantic ocean, and natural resources. There are some who believe that Atlantis has never existed outside of myths and legends, others who think that it is at least possible that it was real, and finally those who absolutely believe.

For the sake of this post, let’s talk about possibilities because it is possible that such a place existed, there just isn’t any real proof. Some speculate that Atlantis was a very powerful society which was highly advanced, even by today’s standards. There are two popular theories as to why an advanced society simply ceased to exist. One is that there was a natural disaster of some type that sent Atlantis into a watery grave. Another is that while it went to a watery grave, that it wasn’t strictly a natural disaster. It is thought that the rulers of Atlantis may have gotten carried away with their greed and power, causing them to be punished by a deity or maybe even their own karma.

Lemuria is said to have been a very similar place to Atlantis. The major difference between the two is that Lemuria is believed to have been in the Pacific. Whether these places were ever real might never be known. Even if they were more than simply places of myth, we may never find them under the vast seas. It is interesting to think about advanced societies, however. Some people use these places as possible explanations for UFO’s and other phenomenon by theorizing that these may have been some sort of alien beings, or an alien human blend. Those who follow this train of thought believe that the beings of Atlantis and Lemuria did not all perish, but that it is unknown where they went…taking their knowledge and technology with them.

To see artwork which goes with this work, click here to go to the blog of Evangeline who I am collaborating with for this year’s A to Z!

 

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2 thoughts on “Vanishing Islands

  1. I’ve never heard of Lemuria so now I’ll have to look it up! I’ve always been fascinated by Atlantis. I personally think there was an island that probably broke apart in an earthquake or something. The Mid Atlantic ridge and ocean floor is very seismic and volcanic. It could have been the top of a volcanic island that collapsed in on itself during an eruption.

    • JoJo, I think that you’ll enjoy learning about Lemuria! I like your theories about Atlantis and have thought about those possibilities too. You’re right that it is fascinating!

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