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Atlantis - The Bimini Road



“A portion of the temples may yet be discovered, under the ages of sea water, near what is known as Bimini”



So prophesized the famous psychic Edgar Cayce during a hypnotic trance in 1939. Cayce would later add that the discovery would be made in the years 1967 to 1969. He was, of course, referring to the lost continent of Atlantis as described by the Greek philosopher Plato in the 4th century BC.


Atlantis - The Bimini Road


According to legend, Atlantis was a highly advanced civilization that suddenly disappeared underwater 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. Some say it was destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption, possibly like the one that struck Krakatau in 1883. The legend goes on to foretell the future rise and re-birth of Atlantis.


Cayce’s prophesy regarding the discovery of Atlantis seemed to come true in 1968. A private pilot flying over north Bimini spotted an unusual formation of underwater rocks that appeared to form an ancient road. Lying in about 15 feet of water just off of Paradise Point, the site stretched for about a quarter of a mile.


The formation features an orderly pattern about its design, with right angles and long straight lines. Upon closer inspection, it consists of weirdly square stones, each a couple of tons in weight, lined up in pairs to form a straight road. Anyone who has visited the site can vouch for its strangely man-made appearance. While Cayce’s followers brought the discovery worldwide attention, locals have long been aware of “the Road”. To them it was indeed a mysterious place. A place best left alone.


But for every believer there is an opposing cynic armed with scientific evidence and rational explanations. Geologists and archeologists have generally concluded the Bimini Road is nothing more than a natural formation of limestone beachrock, not some ancient road, much less the famed city of Atlantis. This type of rock, they point out, has a tendency to splinter at right angles and that is why the Bimini Road looks curiously man-made. Furthermore, the timeframes quoted by the believers do not fit with the geological record.


So where does that leave the rest of us? Well, like other famous phenomena, it’s difficult to demonstrate the negative, that an event absolutely positively did not happen. No one has yet established the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. But, then again, no one has conclusively disproved it either. So the mystery continues. And that’s the beauty of an enduring legend - it’s next to impossible to prove one way or the other.





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