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Date Posted: 15:53
Author: anon - 15 April 2002
Subject: Atlantis's proof

In defense of Mr. Paulsen:

Scientists Probe Possible Sunken City Off Cuba


By Andrew Cawthorne
Reuters

HAVANA, Cuba (March 29) - Scientific investigators said on Friday they
hope to better determine later this year if an unusual rock formation deep off
Cuba's coast could be a sunken city from a previously unknown ancient
civilization.

"These are extremely peculiar structures ... They have captured all our
imagination," Cuban geologist Manuel Iturralde said at a conference after a
week on a boat over the site.

"If I had to explain this geologically, I would have a hard time," he told
reporters later, saying examination of rock samples due to be collected in a
few months should shed further light on the formation off the
Guanahacabibes Peninsula on Cuba's western tip.

Iturralde, research director of Cuba's Natural History Museum, has joined
Canadian exploration company Advanced Digital Communications (ADC) in
efforts to solve the mystery of the smooth, geometrically shaped, granite-like
rocks. They are laid out in structures resembling pyramids, roads and other
structures at more than 2,000 feet in a 7-3/4 mile-square area.

ADC has suggested they might belong to a civilization that colonized the
American continent thousands of years ago, possibly sitting on an island that
was sunk to great depths by cataclysmic earth movement such as an
earthquake.

That theory, and its inevitable parallel with the myth of the lost city of
Atlantis, has provoked skepticism from some scientists around the world who
say the depth and age -- ADC has spoken of at least 6,000 years' old -- were
not credible.

Some European archaeologists said the stones, stumbled upon in July 2000
while ADC was hunting with sonar equipment for treasure and sunken
Spanish galleons, could be formed by natural limestone.

But Iturralde's conclusion that there is no immediately apparent natural
explanation for the rocks has lent credence to ADC's theory.

"NEED FOR OPEN MIND"

"It appears like there is some kind of intelligent design in the structure's
configuration and planning," ADC's Soviet-born Canadian ocean engineer,
Paulina Zelitsky, said on the sidelines of the geophysical conference in
Havana.

"I have worked in this field over 30 years and I have never before seen
natural structures shaped with such intelligent symmetry and plan. From the
very first moment, I was suspecting that these structures were not natural."

While Iturralde gave evidence in his paper on Friday for seismic movement at
the site, and possible submerging of the land, he drew short of definitively
concluding the rocks were not shaped by nature. If, however, that theory was
proven, it would revolutionize understanding of the history of the Americas,
he told reporters.

"It would change a lot our knowledge of humans and the evolution of the
Americas," Iturralde said.

"Recently, a French archaeologist found some evidence of people being here
in South America 40,000 years ago, something we never expect, so you need
to be always open to things that you are not expecting, that are not in the
framework of present-day knowledge ... We may have found something that
nobody has thought about."

ADC plans to take a specially designed robot to the site in a few months to
take samples of the rocks and the sediment they are embedded in to try to date
them and seek signs they may have once been on dry land. They will also be
searching for any sign of human life such as drawings, sculptures or artifacts.

"To drill samples from these structures is not easy because they look like
granite. And to drill granite at a depth of 600 meters is very difficult," Zelitsky
said.

She said their discoveries could make history. "I think we are talking about
the origins of the American continent. There are many hypotheses about how
the continent was colonized ... There is quite a controversy, and I think our
discovery will be the first physical evidence of the true origins of developed
civilization in the Americas."

Reuters 18:12 03-29-02

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