B1 Historical Recount

The Mystery of Atlantis

The story of Atlantis first appeared around 360 B.C. in the writings of Plato, an Ancient Greek philosopher. According to Plato, Atlantis was a very wealthy empire. The founders of Atlantis were half god and half human. They created a utopia and became a great naval power. Atlantis had three rings of land divided by sparkling waterways. The city centre held palaces and a temple made of gold and silver.

Rare and exotic wildlife roamed the land, and trees provided enough fruit for daily feasts. But the good times didn’t last. Plato wrote that sudden earthquakes jolted Atlantis and whipped up waves that flooded the island. Within a day, it vanished.

In the years following Plato’s story, Atlantis continued to serve as inspiration for other stories, comics and films. For thousands of years people also wondered if Plato’s story was true.

Today’s scientists, using hi-tech tools, have been trying to locate the lost island! In 2009, archaeologist Richard Freund came to the mudflats of southern Spain in search of Atlantis, after infrared satellite imagery revealed what looked like buried buildings.

Richard’s theory is that the city of Atlantis was a port leading to the Atlantic Ocean. He thinks it was flooded by a tsunami, then covered by mud from tides. To find proof, his team hammered rods into the dirt and linked them to an electric cable. Then, they shot currents underground.

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philosopher – someone who studies the meaning of life
utopia – an imagined place in which everything is perfect.
tsunami – a ginormous wave
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