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Martinez Concha, Santiago

Santiago Martinez ConchaSantiago Martínez Concha is a Colombian author who published in March 2012 an English Kindle version of his Spanish book with astoundingly original title of Atlantis.

It is poorly translated and includes four, apparently important, checklists all in Spanish! He places Atlantis in the region of the Azores which sit on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) and considers all other proposed locations as mere colonies of Atlantis. He refers erroneously to the MAR as a subduction zone, but that is a minor matter compared to his insistence on a connection between Atlantis and features on Mars! He also includes the claim that Atlantis was destroyed by the Earth-Mars Orbital exchange, based on the ideas of creationist Donald Patten (not Alan Patten).

Martinez would also appear to suffer from chronic pareidolia, seeing giant heads in rock outcrops, guardian animals and a view of a queen about to give birth at Machu Picchu. You could not make this up unless you were experimenting with Colombia’s biggest export.

Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Mid Atlantic idgeThe MidAtlantic Ridge (MAR)(a) was first physically located in 1872 by Sir John Murray (1841-1914), the celebrated oceanographer while investigating a route for a transatlantic telegraph cable aboard HMS Challenger. John Thomas Short in The North Americans of Antiquity [1192.503] notes “that a member of the Challenger staff, in a lecture delivered in London soon after the termination of the expedition, expressed the fullest confidence thatof  the great submarine plateau is the remains of the ‘Lost Atlantis’.” (f)

>Within five years of its discovery  Scientific American was promoting the MAR as the site of Atlantis. A short article in the edition of July 28 1877(f) ended with the following comment “At any rate it must be admitted that Atlantis has existed as a substantial reality.” This claim was endorsed a year later in the edition of August 24 1878(i).<

Ignatius Donnelly used the discovery of the Ridge to justify his Atlantic location for Atlantis and the publication of Atlantis just four years later.

An overview of the surveying of the MAR during the first half of the 20th century was published in 2014(e).

However, the MAR was not explored extensively until 1947 and 1948 by a team from Columbia University led by Bruce Heezen in a research vessel named Atlantis. Many commentators claimed that there is no possibility of a ‘continent’ submerged in the Atlantic. However, leaving aside whether Plato referred to Atlantis as a continent, the most cursory study of a bathymetric chart of the region shows several extensive areas that would have been dry land before the melting of the glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age. One of the most obvious is the Azores whose location opposite the most favoured location for the Pillars of Heracles has been seized upon as evidence for considering it as a possible site of Atlantis.

Christian O’Brien expanded on this in his book, The Shining Ones, an extract from which is available online(c). Andrew Collins’ critical comments on O’Brien’s theories can also be read online(d).

Emmet Sweeney is another modern commentator who argues in Atlantis: The Evidence of Science [700] that at least parts of the MAR were above water at a time more recent than generally accepted. According to Sweeney, this exposed land included what we now identify as the Azores and provided a home for Atlantis.

Several writers, such as R. Cedric Leonard, have chosen the Mid-Atlantic Ridge location for Atlantis. Charles Hapgood opted for the Rocks of St. Peter and St. Paul on the MAR, about 1000 miles from the mouth of the Orinoco in Venezuela, as the site of Plato’s famous island.

An extensive contribution by Carolyn Silver supporting the MAR as the location of Atlantis is available online(b).

In 2021 a wealth of new data added further important information regarding the MAR and plate tectonics(g)(h).

(a) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6JZ4n75eEA&NR=1

(b) https://atlantisonline.smfforfree2.com/index.php/topic,10182.0/wap2.html

(c)  https://www.goldenageproject.org.uk/342proof.php

(d)  https://www.andrewcollins.com/page/interactive/midatlan.htm

(e)  https://www.hydro-international.com/content/article/discovering-the-true-nature-of-the-mid-atlantic-ridge-part-i

(f) Scientific American, July 28, 1877  https://archive.org/details/scientific-american-1877-07-28/page/n1

(g)  https://eos.org/articles/a-new-understanding-of-the-mid-atlantic-ridge-and-plate-tectonics 

(h)  https://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2021/01/atlantic-plate-tectonics.page 

(i) Scientific American Volume 39 Number 08 (August 1878) : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive*