PLATO COINCIDENCE SERIES:
How Plato got it right about Atlantis
This is the first in a series of articles on how Plato’s details about Atlantis are consistent with the real world. Plato could not have known the importance of these details, because the science did not exist in his day.
Plato’s Atlantis Canals
In Plato’s dialogue, Critias, he mentions that Atlantis has tall mountains, more plentiful and more impressive than any known on Earth in his day. These mountains held great forests and lush meadows. South of these mountains, and north of the capital city, stood a great, fertile plain which was watered by rain in the winter and fed by rivers and canals during the summer.
The fertile plain was roughly 2,000 x 3,000 stades (a stade is roughly 1/8 mile). This would be roughly 250 x 375 miles. Though Plato leaves out many details, he does tell us that the plain was crossed by a network of canals bringing water to the crops grown there. These Atlantis canals were important for the survival of a larger, more civilized nation than any that existed at that time (if Atlantis was real). To understand why, we need to look at what water is all about.
The Nature of Water
How much steam comes off of ice water? If this sounds like a silly question, then you’re starting to get the picture. Naturally, the colder water is, the less evaporation there is. Less evaporation means less water vapor for making clouds. And fewer clouds means less rain.
In fact, air with relatively little water vapor in it will not turn to clouds and rain unless is it greatly cooled like when a volume of air goes up tall mountains. Thus, Atlantis, with all of its tall mountains, was perfect, geographically for squeezing lots of water out of water-poor parcels of air. The streams and rivers coming out of those mountains fed the Atlantis canals and kept the crops growing.
The great modern debate about Anthropogenic Global Warming seems ludicrous when you consider these facts. Global warming is a good thing! The fact that Globalist bureaucrats want to tax us all for increasing temperatures which they claim is caused by increased CO2 is nothing more than an elaborate scam. Because most governments are controlled by corporations (including those of the United States and other western nations), and because these same major corporations run the news media, it’s no wonder that the truth about Global Warming has a hard time gaining traction. Only independent scientists speak out against this hoax, but they are drowned out by the corporations and their puppet government agencies. (Don’t think America has gone corporate? If you watch only the Corporate Party news media, then it’s no wonder.) Add to this the natural desire to protect the environment, and misconceptions combined with fudged data (like in the Climate-Gate fiasco), it’s no wonder that many people still cling to the erroneous notion that Global Warming is bad. For more information on the The Great Global Warming Swindle, click on the preceding link for the YouTube video.
Warming means more rain, more plants, more life. Warming also means less turbulence across the global weather system, because there’s less ice to make a strong temperature gradient. Weather during the age of the dinosaurs would have been far less stormy, because there were no glaciers. We definitely do not want a return to cooler, Ice Age glacial conditions, because that would lead to massive starvation, droughts, dust and storms.
Only when the Ice Age glacial period ended did humans have an abundance of plant growth for supporting their efforts toward civilization. For the previous 100,000 years, rain was relatively scarce.
End of the Ice Age Glacial and Atlantis
Most people don’t realize that we are in an Ice Age, now, and have been for the last two million years or so. What ended about twelve thousand years ago was the most recent Ice Age glacial period. We are currently in what is called the Ice Age interglacial period named the Holocene. The next earlier interglacial was the Eemian interglacial period (130,000–114,000 years ago). As you can see, the most recent glacial period lasted far longer than either interglacial. The Holocene has lasted for only about 12,000 years. The Eemian lasted for about 16,000 years. Yet, the glacial period lasted roughly 104,000 years.
At the height of the Atlantean civilization, they were coming out of the Ice Age glacial period. This gradual warming had occurred for many thousands of years. But there was a hiccup in the climate improvement.
Before the massive ice sheets had melted from both North America and Europe—some as thick as one mile—the global climate was plunged once again into a big freeze called the Younger Dryas. This miniature Ice Age glacial lasted for 1,300 years and ended about 9620 BC—right when Atlantis sank.
Atlantis Canals: Summary
Plato got it right. The Atlantis canals were vital to the Ice Age glacial period survival of the bustling empire of Atlantis. If Plato had not mentioned these Atlantis canals, the story would have been far less believable, because Ice Age glacial conditions would have demanded them.
Please don’t let politicians steer us toward another Ice Age glacial, pretending that Global Cooling is a good thing. Global Warming was good for Atlantis and it’s good for us, too.
This article was originally published 2014:0511 on MissionAtlantis.com.