Subj: Eden - Lost City found off Cuba
Date: 11/25/01 10:11:09 PM Pacific Standard Time

This is yet another article (this time by Atlantis-hunter Andrew Collins) about the recent claimed discovery of a submerged city lying of the Cuban coast in 2,200 feet of water, potentially the most ancient city ever discovered.  You will note that this essay was written without the benefit of the update article I circulated a few days ago.  There are quite a few technical inaccuracies as to geologic history and timing in this essay, but it still contains a lot of new information regarding the find and the activities of former Soviet spy Paulina Zelitsky, who now heads ADC, the outfit which found the alleged city, supposedly by chance.  You will note the references to other tantalizing sightings of other underwater ruins in Cuban waters.  My very good friend Tony Horpel brought this article to my attention.  In previous visits to Collins' site, I had not seen it.

Notwithstanding some of the technical errata, Collins is to be congratulated for noting what we have been discussing for some time now, that Zelitsky's identification of the structures as being typical of pre-Columbian, Mesoamerican cultures of 1,500 years ago is almost certainly wrong, since a settlement located in 2,200 feet of water had to have been erected well beyond 14,000 years ago because the seas were only 360 meters more shallow 13,500 years ago, implying a much greater antiquity for these ruins, if they are ruins.

I bought Collins' book some time ago, but never had time to read it.  The theme of the book is that Cuba (and its submerged surroundings) is Atlantis.  So, you have to know that Collins felt pretty good about ADC's announcement of its discovery.  Whatever the merit of that hypothesis, it may well be that there are ancient ruins in the waters off of Cuba which will have a revolutionary effect on archeology and our perception of human history.  Of course, we have yet to see a shred of proof.

It should also be noted that plate tectonic theory seems to leave no room for an additional continent between the Americas and Africa, since the western protrusion of the African continent fits pretty nicely into the Caribbean Sea between the Americas back in the days of Pangea.  So it is dubious that there was anything of a continental scale lying in between.  However, when the seas were really low (like 2,200 feet lower or more), the look of the Earth's land masses, to the extent that they could be seen in view of all of the ice and snow of the Ice Age, was a lot different than what we see today.  So, maybe Cuba was just a whole lot larger back then, like, say, Madagascar.

One wonders how the scientific community will deal with this discovery in view of its (except in Japan) totally ignoring the submerged megalithic monuments at Yonaguni, near Okinawa.

It would be an odd thing for Fidel Castro to be remembered, after all of his crimes and tyranny, for being the head of a government that jointly sponsored one of the most important archeological discoveries in history.  But, again, we have yet to see any proof at all.  Press releases and follow up stories are not proof.  And stories which sound too good to be true are often exactly that.