Mario Dantas is one of the few modern voices advocating Greenland as the true home of Atlantis. He has promoted his theory on various websites(a) and submitted a paper to the 2008 Atlantis Conference in Athens. His claim is based on the superficial similarity between Athanasius Kircher‘s speculative 17th century map of Atlantis and the outline of Greenland today. His claim is based on the superficial similarity between Athanasius Kircher‘s speculative 17th century map of Atlantis and the outline of Greenland today. Furthermore he believes “that Greenland is the largest and oldest Island in the World (the southwestern part is around 4 billion years old) and we think that it was, not long ago, entirely situated in the Atlantic ocean, further south.”
He explains that originally Greenland was situated opposite the Strait of Gibraltar and that tectonics gradually brought it to its present position, ‘not long ago’. However, he does not explain how Greenland moved but Spain and northwest Africa remained where they were and still are.
Ian A. Fox is from Canterbury, New Zealand and for the past decade has developed his theory that Atlantis had been located in what we now know as Baffin Bay, between Greenland and Baffin Island. He published details of his ideas on his website(a) in 2002.*[and has now developed them into book form.]*
A starting point for Fox is the 1665 speculative map of Atlantis by Athanasius Kircher. He then endeavours to match it to Plato’s description and then identifies the plain adjacent to the Atlantean capital with what existed 12,000 years ago in Baffin Bay.
A video clip of Fox’s presentation on New Zealand TV is available(b) online.
Greenland was first proposed as the location of Atlantis in the 17th century by François de la Mothe le Vayer. More recently some of the more imaginative writers have tried, unsuccessfully, to revive interest in this idea. One of these is the American, Dale Huffman, who claims that the outline of Greenland is comparable with Kircher‘s famous map of Atlantis. He has also proposed that while Atlantis was primarily Greenland it also included “the islands of the United Kingdom and Iceland”(h).(see left)
Another proponent is Mario Dantas who is equally determined to link Plato’s description with the enormous island of Greenland(a) and has submitted a paper on the subject to the 2008 Atlantis Conference in Athens.
Another site(b) advocates the Baffin Basin just west of Greenland, as the Great Plain of Atlantis. This idea developed by a New Zealander, Ian Fox, is based on a re-interpretation of Plato’s text combined with the studies of Charles Hapgood.
In 2014, Antonio Usai published an English translation of his 2011 booklet on the Pillars of Hercules in which he places the original ‘Pillars’ at the Tunisian island of Kerkennah and then unexpectedly proposed that Atlantis was situated at Greenland.
Another proponent of the Greenland location is Stefan Grossmann in his book, Atlantlantean(sic) Philosophy(d), a commentary on the non-existent ‘Emerald Tablets of Thoth’(e), concocted by Maurice Doreal (Claude Doggins).
In October 2011 a team of researchers from the Laboratory of Geology in Lyon may have elevated the importance of Greenland to an even higher level with their claim(c) that life on earth may have originated there 3.8 billion years ago.
In 2013, Lucio Russo, an Italian mathematician and science historian, located Thule on the coast of Greenland, having identified errors in Ptolemy’s geographical calculations.
In 2014 Antonio Moreno Checa published La Atlántida. El mito hecho realidad (Atlantis. The myth comes true) in which he also locates Atlantis in Greenland. Gennaro Anziano, an Italian writer, has also located Atlantis in Greenland(g) in his 2001 book, Atlantis – Discover the land of the gods.
Leaving aside any suggested connection with Atlantis, there are other features of the vast island that deserve attention. There are a number of raised beaches which clearly indicate that “the whole of this large island has been raised, or the sea has sunk, in post-glacial times” and that “the upheaval has been greater in the north”. Their height above sea level varies from 325 and 480 feet!
*(h) http://newsblaze.com/story/20090707063207dale.nb/topstory.html (link broken Nov. 2018)
See: https://web.archive.org/web/20150915033928/http://newsblaze.com/story/20090707063207dale.nb/topstory.html *