Monday, August 07, 2006

Canary Islands could be lost Atlantis


Well, they could be, in the sense that it has yet to be wholly disproved, but I am not aware of any scientists - romanticists maybe - who hold this view.

Sadly, to disappoint those of the latter "discipline", what science does tell us is that the valleys behind and the Teno mountains were formed by volcanic activity - in the Miocene epoch - however the cliffs, amongst which are the steep-sided ravines of the Masca gorge, were formed by the subsequent four million years of erosive action of the sea. In other words, yes, the Canary Islands have seen cataclysmic events. Unfortunately, none have happened during the time span required for the Atlantean theory to hold water: they were well before any humans walked the earth, even possible citizens of Atlantis.

The incidental details of the facts not withstanding (the Guanche natives are descended from the North African Berber tribes and Garachico was destroyed 300 years ago, not two), what are sub-tropical, paradise islands for, if not to inspire the traveller to dream?

Imagen de Enrique Meseguer en Pixabay