There Could Possibly Be Hundreds Of Underwater Cities Around The World

Well, this could be very interesting

There Might Be Hundreds of ‘Atlantis’ Around the World

In the 14th century, a small port near Holderness, England, vanished into the sea. The town, Ravenser Odd, had been ravaged by two floods: the first overwhelmed the town’s abbey, leaving the streets full of human remains. The second, according to eyewitnesses, caused a “towering wall of water” to surround the village and swallow it. The residents fled, and Ravenser Odd was never heard of again. Now, scientists from the University of Hull have a plan to uncover “Yorkshire’s Atlantis.”

Daniel Parsons, a professor in sedimentology, was on a family beach trip when he first heard about the town. He told The Guardian that while talking to historian Phil Mathison, he learned that local fishermen scouting for lobsters had seen disturbances on the surface of the water at low tide. This initial conversation sparked Parson’s interest in the sunken town and its location. As a geoscientist he was just the person to try to find it.

Parsons’ idea is to use high-resolution sonar systems—which he usually utilizes to study the movement of sediment—to locate the town. Last year’s excavation surveyed about 10 hectares off Spurn Point. It was unsuccessful, but Parsons believes that their next expedition will produce results: “Given the stories we’ve had from the folks on the lobster vessels,” he said, “I’m pretty confident we will find something [next time].”

There’s all sorts of interesting things under the seas. Like Pavlopetri, reportedly the oldest sunken city, off the coast of Greece. You have cities sunken in the Caribbean. Lots more in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Egypt, and even a stone circle, similar to Stonehenge, off the coast of Scotland. I do find this all pretty cool, but, there’s something else to this story

Parsons has good reason to feel confident about his chances of locating the once prosperous town. Comparable studies of towns destroyed by weather-induced coastal erosion in the Bay of Naples reveal that towns aren’t simply washed away; they leave evidence of their presence on the seabed. For Parsons, who heads the University of Hull’s Energy and Environment Institute, this is a prime opportunity to learn from the past. He told Mark Brown, “I think it is a fantastic way to start conversations with people on the impacts of climate change long into the future by using these stories from the past.”

These people. Many of the cities were put underwater due to earthquakes and volcanic activity. Look at where so many reside. There’s lots of plate tectonics in the Med, Caribbean, and India, among others. Others because the seas actually rise about 6-8 inches per year over the last 8,000 years.

Anyhow, moving beyond that bit of Climatourettes, if the idea of all the sunken cities interests you, read the rest of the piece, which moves on from the stupid cult stuff, and is rather interesting.

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