Richat Structure, The
The Richat Structure or Guelb er Richat in Mauritania was thought by many to be an impact crater until it was identified as a possible ‘salt dome’(a). Some of the more enthusiastic supporters of the ‘Electric Universe’ school of thought have sought to identify the feature as the consequence of an electrical discharge.(e)
The concentric circles of which the structure is composed was clearly revealed by satellite imagery. It did not take long before it was being compared to Plato’s description of Atlantis. However, Ulf Richter has pointed out that it is too wide (35km), too elevated (400metres) and too far from the sea (500km) to be seriously considered as the location of Atlantis. Nevertheless, researchers such as Robert deMelo are still prepared consider it a possible location candidate(b).
50km west-southwest of Richat is a similar though smaller feature, the Semsiyat Dome, having a diameter of just 5km.
In 2008, George Sarantitis put forward the idea that the Richat Structure was the location of Atlantis, supporting his contention with an intensive reappraisal of the translation of Plato’s text(g).
2011 saw a futher development of the idea that Atlantis had been located at Richat by George S. Alexander and Natalis Rosen on their website(c). A one hour video in support of their thesis can be freely downloaded from the site(d).
In 2013 further support for linking Atlantis with Richat came from Jose D.C. Hernandez with a rather convoluted theory in a paper entitled A Celestial Impact and Atlantis(f)).
(e) http://www.thunderbolts.info/forum/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=12431 (link broken 28.01.14)