Atlantis and the Black Sea Flood

Closing in on Atlantis: Location


We are making reference to several posts by Ulf Richter and others in the forum. The discussion was initiated over an abstract of Ulf Richter filed with the International Atlantis Conference on Milos from July 11 to July 13, 2005. The abstract was titled “Plato’s Atlantis was in a River Delta”. Actually, the more interesting part not reflected in the title could be called “Natural examples for the circular Structure of the Atlantis Capital”.


With regard to aspect number one, Atlantis being in a river delta, we think that this is obvious, although not commonly accepted. According to the description two canals met at the central island. Earlier, they would surround the great plain. Since the plain was sloped towards the south (according to Plato, not us), simple physics commands that this would require the canal to be unlikely deep at the very northern part. Together with the intense description of irrigation systems, canals and the vicinity of the Atlantic Sea (not to be confused with the Atlantic Ocean) it is very obvious that the assumption of Ulf Richter is true. We would thus propose to search for Atlantis primarily in the earlier mega-delta of Dnepr, Bug and Dnjestr, today 100 meters below the Sea.

“An abrupt drowning of the black Sea shelf” (Pitman et al, 1996)



More interesting though is the question what to look for. Actually, it appears to be very promising to search the Black Sea with a sidescan sonar. However, thick layers of sediments brought in by the big European Rivers since 5500 BC make it hard to find structures. Robert Ballard failed off the coast of Bulgaria in the early 2000s. The primary target would obviously be the circular structure of Atlantis. Until now we were not sure how to explain this structure and consequently it appeared to be very risky to attempt a search. This changes fundamentally with part II of Ulf Richter’s contribution.


Ulf Richter brought satellite images into the discussion.  These images show circular structures. Eliana Garcia, based on quotes from a book of Georgeos Diaz, states: “It was a custom between the Greeks to attribute to the Gods [here: Poseidon, or Iapetos] those constructions that were inexplicable, …”. We agree.


Richât structure

Semsiyat dome


The pictures show a very large structure (Richât structure) with 38 kilometers in diameter and a smaller structure (Semisiyat dome) with only 5 kilometers in diameter. The accordance with the description laid down by Plato is stunning. It appears very likely, that such a structure became a cultural location and a city in the following. Both structures are attributed to Upper Precambrian/Lower Paleozic. The rock consists of a wide range of sandstone (quartzite, limestone, chert, dolerite). A copper mine is located in the vicinity. Signs for volcanic activity as well as an impact origin are absent.


According to the descriptions, a part of the continental layer was pushed up. This layer was composed of different layers of sandstones with differing characteristics with regard to stability. Following this event, erosion formed the circular structures. Obviously, the region used to be the ground of an earlier Ocean. The different layers of sandstone indicate sedimentary processes. Limestone indicates an abundance of shells.


The important thing is: This geologic formation is largely identical with the geology found on the northern continental shelf of the Black Sea. This continental shelf was part of the Thethis Ocean beginning in Late Paleozoic time and flooded several times. The shelf shows several sedimentary layers, including the above mentioned stones, layers of copper and petroleum. Sandstone with petroleum, limestone and sandstone with copper made up for the colors of Atlantis: Black, white and red.


As a matter of fact, the “pushing up” of a part of the landmass (table mountain) is proven for this area: Snake island, off the coast of Romania, is one of these examples. It would be interesting to know the underwater profile of this area. Unfortunately the island lay in the mouth of the river Danube which transports 80 million tons of sediments per year.


We now know what to look for, thanks to Ulf Richter and Atlantisrising. This makes the search a lot easier.


Call for help:

If someone happens to have access to detailed bottom profiles of the Black Sea, especially in the former river delta, please contact us. Further, if you happen to have access to detailed geological data of this region, please contact us. Is it possible to detect underwater structures in a depth of 100 meters per satellite?


Prof. Dr. Siegfried G. Schoppe          Christian Schoppe, MBA

Hamburg/Frankfurt, March 12, 2005


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