When did Atlantis sink?
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When did Atlantis sink?

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As of 2014, Atlantis has not been found, but researchers and scientists suggest that had Atlantis ever existed, the Lost City would have sunk either during the Pleistocene ice ages or around 1500 B.C. The fable of Atlantis' sinking is found in Plato's writings.

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Plato was a Greek philosopher who wrote about a great civilization on Atlantis, which sunk into the ocean as punishment from the gods. According to Plato, Atlantis' destruction occurred 9,000 years before him.

There are theories that Plato's dating was wrong, and that Atlantis would have been on Crete, located near the island of Santorinas. In 1500 B.C., a violent volcano broke apart the island and caused a tsunami, which washed over Crete and destroyed the Minoan population. Some believe this could have been Atlantis.

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