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Atlantis
     

Atlantis

by Michael Martin
 

According to legend, thousands of years ago a giant tidal wave wiped out an entire civilization. But did the lost island of Atlantis actually exist? And if it did, where was it located? Learn about the legend of Atlantis and discover recent evidence that may show its final resting place.

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According to legend, thousands of years ago a giant tidal wave wiped out an entire civilization. But did the lost island of Atlantis actually exist? And if it did, where was it located? Learn about the legend of Atlantis and discover recent evidence that may show its final resting place.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
The legend of the vanished city of Atlantis has a long history. First told by Plato around 360 BCE, the story has fascinated people ever since. Some doubt that Atlantis existed at all; others believe it may have been a fabulous city that was destroyed by a flood, a tidal wave or an earthquake. If it did exist, where might Atlantis have been? Author Martin explores several theories that have been proposed over the years, including that Atlantis was the island of Santorini (or Santorinas), the Azores, the Canary Islands, and Indonesia. One theory is that Plato was thinking of the ancient Minoan civilization of Crete and this story was somehow combined with the mighty eruption of the volcano on Santorini around 1600 BCE. Theories have been offered by psychics and archaeologists, with the most recent investigations focusing on square-shaped rocks found near Bimini Island in the Caribbean. Martin makes clear that many scientists are dubious about the idea that Atlantis was an actual place. Rather, Atlantis remains a mystery and was most probably simply intended by Plato as a cautionary fable. This volume is illustrated with color photos and imaginative paintings. Like all of the books in the "Unexplained" series, this is designed as high-interest nonfiction for below-level readers. Includes a glossary, an index, and a short bibliography. However, the websites suggested by FactHound would be difficult for "below-level" readers).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736867597
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Series:
Unexplained Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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