In 1995 Jim Allen first sighted in satellite images an unusually straight body of water located near Lake Poopo in Oruro. The feature measured the same width as a canal Plato said existed in the city of Atlantis, and the section near Lake Poopo fits Plato's general description. Allen further links this area with Atlantis by noting that the region around the lake is prone to earthquakes and floods. The lake shifts dramatically, changing shape every wet season. This has led Allen to speculate that, together with an earthquake, it could have helped sink the city. Furthermore, Allen says, "the unique metals required to plate Plato's city occur naturally on the edge of Lake Poopo: gold, silver, copper, tin, and orichalcum, a natural gold/copper alloy."
Bolivia may seem an odd location to find the lost city of Atlantis, but British ex-cartographic draftsman and aerial intelligence interpreter Jim Allen believes a section of the high Andean plateau in the Department of Oruro is where the mythical empire once thrived.
The Atlanteans were a great naval power but became greedy and morally bankrupt, according to Plato's story. After they led a failed attack on Athens, a natural disaster sank the island in a day and a night, and the spot became a mud shoal, making it impassable and unsearchable. There are many theories for locations that might have inspired Plato. For instance, German physicist Rainer Kuhne thinks it was a region of the southern Spanish coast, destroyed in a flood between 800 and 500 BC. Satellite photos show two rectangular structures in the mud, which Kuhne thinks could be the remains of temples described by Plato.
Swedish geographer Ulf Erlingsson says only Ireland matches Plato's description. Others think Atlantis is Spartel Island, a mud shoal in the Strait of Gibraltar that sank into the sea 11,500 years ago.
In 1954 L. Sprague de Camp listed 188 writers and scholars who had identified Atlantis with a relatively specific geographical location. In the half-century since De Camp compiled his list, hundreds of new books have been written about Atlantis and theories about its location.
The first person to postulate that Atlantis was located in North Africa was the French botanist D. A. Godron, whose 1868 treatise placed the lost civilization in the Sahara. He was followed by the geographer E. F. Brelioux, who in 1874 claimed that Atlantis once stood along the coast of Morocco between Agadir and Casablanca where the Atlas Mountains came down to the sea. Brelioux suggested that the ancient city of Kernë was the inspiration for the capital city of Atlantis.
Much of the popularity of the myth of Atlantis must go to popular writers such J.V. Luce (The End of Atlantis, 1970) and Charles Berlitz, the man who popularized the Bermuda Triangle and the discovery of Noah's Ark. His Doomsday, 1999 A.D. (1981) comes complete with maps of Atlantis and drawings by J. Manson Valentine.
Different seekers have located the mythical place in the mid-Atlantic, Cuba, the Andes, and dozens of other places. Some have equated ancient Thera with Atlantis. Thera is a volcanic Greek island in the Aegean Sea that was devastated by a volcanic eruption in 1625 BCE. Until then it had been associated with the Minoan civilization on Crete.
Since ancient times, people have been trying to locate Atlantis, which is believed to have submerged after an earthquake or tsunami. Greek philosopher Plato described Atlantis as a large island located near the Rock of Gibraltar, home of the most advanced civilization and being of unrivaled refinement with a glorious palace. Among its other traits, Atlantis was filled with beautiful citizens, a Poseidon temple and concentric walls and canals.
The story of the Isle of Atlantis first occurs in Plato's two dialogues the "Timaeus" and the "Critias." Plato's story centers on Solon, a great Greek legislator and poet who journeyed to Egypt some 150 years earlier. While in the Egyptian city of Sais Solon received the story of Atlantis from priests.
After three years, Google Earth was updated to remove a gridlike pattern which sparked rumors that the underwater city of Atlantis had been found.
The exciting 'non-discovery' was made in 2009 when eagle-eyed internet users spotted a large grid on the seafloor that looked strikingly like the fabled city. Google was quick to explain that the misrepresentation was caused by overlapping datasets, and Atlantis had not been found