There has long been speculation about continents, and ancient civilizations that sank beneath the waves ages ago. From Plato’s tales of Atlantis to Augustus Le Plongeon’s theory of Mu, or Phillip Sclaters writings about Lemuria. These claims seem to be supported by biblical tales of the flood, as well as multiple other stories from ancient civilizations that recount a great deluge.
Mainstream science discounts all of these theories however. Not because they aren’t possible, but simply because they don’t fit into the currently accepted timeline.
According to mainstream science, civilization began with Sumer around 3,000 to 5,000 BCE. Although there is groups in mainstream archeology that are beginning to accept evidence that the Natufian culture became sedentary about 10,000 BCE. The period is commonly split into two subperiods: Early Natufian (12,500–10,800 BCE) and Late Natufian (10,800–9,500 BCE). The Late Natufian most likely occurred in tandem with the Younger Dryas (10,800 to 9,500 BCE).
(If you have read my earlier piece on the Younger Dryas, you can guess where I am going with this.)
Mainstream science insists that no civilization existed before this. Therefore they automatically dismiss any evidence to the contrary. Sites like the Yonaguni Monument are often dismissed simply because modern science says no civilizations existed to construct them when they were last above the water. During the Younger Dryas event, sea levels were over 100 ft lower then they are today, and during the ice age just before Younger Dryas those sea levels were 390 ft lower as much of the worlds water was trapped in the glacial maximum.
Interestingly enough, the early advent of civilizations seem to coincide with the rise in sea levels at the end of these ice ages. When you consider how important the coast line is to any early civilization (for food, transport, hygiene, etc). It seems obvious that civilization would have evolved along the coast, only to be destroyed by the rising waters of the end of the ice age. The survivors of the deluge would then start over on higher ground. This seems to be exactly what we see with Natufian.
But is it just Coastal Cities that got swept away, or could it have been whole continents? There are a few candidates for real lost continents. The continent of Zealandia is a large chunk of land that tore away from Australia due to plate tectonics. Although most of Zealandia is currently underwater, the highest mountain peaks of this lost continent are now New Zealand. When the sea levels were 390 feet lower, much of Zealandia would have been above water. The theory behind the lost continent of Mu is that ancient Pacific civilizations are so connected in beliefs and architecture that they must all have a common, older origination civilization. Could that civilization been located along the coast of Ice Age Zealandia? *(as of February 2017, mainstream science has accepted Zealandia to be a legitimate “lost Continent”)
In addition to Zealandia, there are 2 known undersea plateaus in the Indian ocean that would have been at least partially above sea level during the last ice age. The Mascarene Plateau lies to the North East of Madagascar, and is strikingly appropriate for Lemuria. It encompasses 44,000 square miles and is in waters ranging from 30 to 490 feet deep. As mentioned earlier, with water levels being 390 feet lower during the last ice age, much of the Mascarene Plateau, (also called the microcontinent of Mauritia) would have been above water. If one was to consider Plato’s descriptions of Atlantis flawed, but basically accurate, it would be easy to see that Mauritia and Madagascar combined could have been the land mass described by Plato. (*as a side note, in February of 2017, science finally admitted this to be real.)
Further South in the Indian Ocean is the Kerguelen Plateau. Although most of the Kerguelen Plateau is over half a mile under sea level, the peaks of mountain ranges on the plateau break the surface forming what we now call the Heard and McDonald Islands, and the Kerguelen Islands. During the last Ice Age, much more of the Kerguelen Plateau would have been above sea level.
During the last ice age, these Microcontinents would have either been fully above sea level, or at least had a larger land mass above the waves. In the global warming that ended the ice age, these continents would have slipped beneath the waves in what would have seemed to the people of the time as a deluge. If there was any type of civilization on the microcontinents, they would have been lost to the forces of nature. Any survivors may have med their way to the shores of the land we know today, and started to rebuild. They would entertain their children and grand children with stories of their lost homeland that was swallowed up by the sea, and those stories would spread into myth and legend. Funny how that seems to be exactly what happened. To bad scientists refuse to entertain the idea.