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Update on the "undersea ruins" off Cuba.
VAISHNAVA News FROM REUTERS ^ | CUBA, Dec 8 (VNN) | Author: Andrew Cawthorne

Posted on 08/12/2002 7:37:18 PM PDT by vannrox

Explorers View 'Lost City' Ruins Under Caribbean



FROM REUTERS

CUBA, Dec 8 (VNN) — Author: Andrew Cawthorne

HAVANA (Reuters) - Explorers using a miniature submarine to probe the sea floor off the coast of Cuba said on Thursday they had confirmed the discovery of stone structures deep below the ocean surface that may have been built by an unknown human civilization thousands of years ago.

Researchers with a Canadian exploration company said they filmed over the summer ruins of a possible submerged ''lost city'' off the Guanahacabibes Peninsula on the Caribbean island's western tip. The researchers cautioned that they did not fully understand the nature of their find and planned to return in January for further analysis, the expedition leader said on Thursday.

The explorers said they believed the mysterious structures, discovered at the astounding depth of around 2,100 feet and laid out like an urban area, could have been built at least 6,000 years ago. That would be about 1,500 years earlier than the great Giza pyramids of Egypt.

''It's a really wonderful structure which looks like it could have been a large urban center,'' said Soviet-born Canadian ocean engineer Paulina Zelitsky, from British Columbia-based Advanced Digital Communications (ADC). ''However, it would be totally irresponsible to say what it was before we have evidence,'' Zelitsky told Reuters.

Zelitsky said the structures may have been built by unknown people when the current sea-floor actually was above the surface. She said volcanic activity may explain how the site ended up at great depths below the Caribbean Sea.

In July 2000, ADC researchers using sophisticated side-scan sonar equipment identified a large underwater plateau with clear images of symmetrically organized stone structures that looked like an urban development partly covered by sand. From above, the shapes resembled pyramids, roads and buildings, they said.

''ULISES'' ASSISTS UNDERWATER ODYSSEY

This past July, ADC researchers, along with the firm's Cuban partner and experts from the Cuban Academy of Sciences, returned to the site in their ship ''Ulises.'' They said they sent a miniature, unmanned submarine called a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) down to film parts of the 7.7-square-mile area.

Those images confirmed the presence of huge, smooth, cut granite-like blocks in perpendicular and circular formations, some in pyramid shapes, the researchers said. Most of the blocks, measuring between about 6.5 and 16 feet in length, were exposed, some stacked one on another, the researchers said. Others were covered in sediment and the fine, white sand that characterizes the area, the researchers said.

The intriguing discovery provided evidence that Cuba at one time was joined to mainland Latin America via a strip of land from the Yucatan Peninsula, the researchers said.

''There are many new hypotheses about land movement and colonialization, and what we are seeing here should provide very interesting new information,'' Zelitsky said.

ADC's deep-water equipment includes a satellite-integrated ocean bottom positioning system, high-precision side-scan double-frequency sonar, and the ROV. The company currently is commissioning what it calls the world's first custom-designed ocean excavator for marine archeology to begin work both at the Guanahacabibes site and at ship wrecks.

ADC is the deepest operator among four foreign firms working in joint venture with President Fidel Castro (news - web sites)'s government to explore Cuban waters containing hundreds of treasure-laden ships from the colonial era. The Canadian company already has discovered several historic sunken Spanish ships.

In an earlier high-profile find, ADC was testing equipment in late 2000 off Havana Bay when it spotted the century-old wreck of the American battleship USS Maine. The ship had not been located since it blew up mysteriously in 1898, killing 260 American sailors and igniting the Spanish-American War.

The rush of interest in Cuba's seas in recent years is due in part to the Castro government's recognition that it does not have the money or technology to carry out systematic exploration by itself, although it does have excellent divers.

American companies are prohibited from operating in Cuba by the long-running U.S. embargo on the Communist-run island.


TOPICS: Cuba; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archaeology; coast; cuba; egypt; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; history; inca; king; lostcity; maya; miniature; past; ruin; stone; structure; submarine; underwater
This is the latest that I have been able to fine. I do not believe that this was ever FR posted.
1 posted on 08/12/2002 7:37:19 PM PDT by vannrox
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To: vannrox
Anyone want to guess how soon we hear "Atlantis" and this discovery in the same sentence?
2 posted on 08/12/2002 7:53:56 PM PDT by Budge
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To: vannrox
laid out like an urban area.. hhmmm?


Did they see any strip malls?
3 posted on 08/12/2002 7:55:34 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: Budge
I have an aquaintence who swears that this is the Atlantis discovery predicted by Edgar Cayce...for what it's worth. Interesting find none the less. Love vannrox's threads.
4 posted on 08/12/2002 7:56:44 PM PDT by demnomo
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To: Budge
I wonder if this was Atlantis? parsy.

(PS Where wuz you Saturday, Budge? We missed you.parsy)
5 posted on 08/12/2002 7:56:50 PM PDT by parsifal
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To: Budge
So they discovered Atlantis?
6 posted on 08/12/2002 7:58:11 PM PDT by PoorMuttly
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To: PoorMuttly
Did they find my watch too?
7 posted on 08/12/2002 7:59:01 PM PDT by PoorMuttly
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To: vannrox; blam
I think the previous article was posted some months back... time flies, dontcha know?

Blam do you recall this?

Next question, where are the pictures?

8 posted on 08/12/2002 8:00:26 PM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: vannrox
I think this is very intriguing, but I have a hard time imagining that something 2,100 feet below sea level was dry land only 6,000 years ago.

The sea levels haven't changed that much during this period, and I don't know of a theory that could account for such a rapid decline in elevation. Certainly not one that could leave structures intact.

9 posted on 08/12/2002 8:02:17 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: blam
Ping.
10 posted on 08/12/2002 8:03:28 PM PDT by okie01
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To: RikaStrom
where are the pictures?

What's the point of all this monstrous Mozilla browser code if we cannot see images?

11 posted on 08/12/2002 8:05:16 PM PDT by RightWhale
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To: RightWhale
LOL, true.
12 posted on 08/12/2002 8:10:50 PM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: NormsRevenge
Did they see any strip malls?

I'm willing to bet there's a Starbuck's down there somewhere. <|:)~

13 posted on 08/12/2002 8:27:39 PM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: demnomo
"I have an aquaintence who swears that this is the Atlantis discovery predicted by Edgar Cayce"

Really?

Next time you see this aquaitance[wink] smack'em for me.

14 posted on 08/12/2002 8:30:38 PM PDT by VaBthang4
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To: parsifal; sweetliberty
I had to work...and will be out west next meeting.
15 posted on 08/12/2002 8:31:25 PM PDT by Budge
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To: vannrox

Guanahacabibes

16 posted on 08/12/2002 8:33:49 PM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: vannrox
The rest of Cuba is an "overseas" ruin.


17 posted on 08/12/2002 8:37:03 PM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: vannrox
Thank you for the report. Disregard those whose intelligence resides in their posterior and keep us posted.
18 posted on 08/12/2002 8:41:51 PM PDT by rightofrush
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To: Dog Gone
now you're thinking doggone !! keep going...while everyone else swoons of Cayce and other lala land dreamscapes...
19 posted on 08/12/2002 8:43:19 PM PDT by chemainus
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To: Budge
How about Genesis flood?
20 posted on 08/12/2002 8:54:37 PM PDT by Chemnitz
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To: martin_fierro
I coulda sworn I saw these ladies when I was in Texas last April!
21 posted on 08/12/2002 8:57:12 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: PoorMuttly
Hey man....That's MY watch.
22 posted on 08/12/2002 9:06:00 PM PDT by AdA$tra
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To: AdA$tra
I mean the watch next to that watch. The one by the telephone.
23 posted on 08/12/2002 9:12:10 PM PDT by PoorMuttly
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To: vannrox; okie01; RikaStrom
Thanks for the post. I believe there has been a more recent update, sometime this year but, It does not say much more than this article. This Link has a little more detail but it is from 2001 also. I'm getting a little frustrated with these guys.
24 posted on 08/13/2002 6:23:38 AM PDT by blam
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To: vannrox
Here's another underwater city that is 9,500 years old.

Lost Civilisation From 7,500BC Discovered Off Indian Coast

Does everyone remember that we were all taught that civilization, writing and etc. began in Mesopotamia?

25 posted on 08/13/2002 6:53:59 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam
BTTT
26 posted on 08/13/2002 6:57:56 AM PDT by BlueLancer
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To: RikaStrom; vannrox
Ah...I did find a more recent update to this story, 5-23-2002.

Mystery Shrouds Underwater Structures (Off Coast Of Cuba)

27 posted on 08/13/2002 6:59:48 AM PDT by blam
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To: Budge
"will be out west next meeting"

Even if we do it the third Saturday?

28 posted on 08/14/2002 6:27:15 PM PDT by sweetliberty
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Absolutely, positively, the last of the old topics about underwater cities. I hope. :') Not pinging the list, just adding to the catalog.
Please FREEPMAIL me if you want on, off, or alter the "Gods, Graves, Glyphs" PING list --
Archaeology/Anthropology/Ancient Cultures/Artifacts/Antiquities, etc.
The GGG Digest
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29 posted on 12/28/2004 5:33:35 PM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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