Japanese rock: the fate of a sunken city

The imagination of people for centuries excite the legends of the great ancient civilisations that have vanished from the face of the Earth after catastrophic natural disasters. In different corners of a planet enthusiasts tried to find traces of Atlantis, chabat cousin, Lemuria. The current tragic events in Japan was forced to recall the tiny island of Yonaguni, in the far West of the Japanese archipelago. Off its coast hides one of the most interesting mysteries of ancient history – a city that sank thousands of years ago.

For a long time the most Western island of Japan, located 100 kilometers East of Taiwan, was only interested in fans of diving, as the surrounding waters in winter, flocks are teeming with hammerhead sharks, swim with which love divers. In addition, for a quarter of a century, Yonaguni has attracted the attention of scientists. An accidental discovery by a local diver made of historians and geologists to pay attention to this lost in the Pacific ocean piece of land.

In the spring of 1985 diving instructor, Kihachiro Aratake 15 metres from the shore he came across a giant rocky plateau with strange, too correct for the natural formation of the terrain. It is clearly visible strict geometric shapes – arcs, triangles, circles. Kihachiro told about his findings to the Professor of marine seismology at the University of Okinawa, Masaaki Kimura the. Scientist, diver camaleonte open the massive stone blocks that came to the conclusion that they are part of a vast man-made complex, carved right into the rock. He found numerous tunnels, wells, stairs, terraces and even a swimming pool.

Since then, around the underwater city off the coast of Yonaguni tense academic battles. On the one hand, these ruins are very reminiscent of megalithic structures in other parts of the world – from Stonehenge in England and the “cyclopean” structures remaining in Greece after the collapse of the Minoan civilization, the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico and the temple complex Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes. With his last common and characteristic terraced landscape, and the mysterious statue, resembling a human head in the headdress of feathers, similar to those worn by inhabitants of pre-Columbian America. Even the technological characteristics of underwater complex structures similar to those design solutions, which ancient Incas used to build their cities. This is consistent with today’s ideas of what the most ancient population of the New world, gave rise to a highly developed cultures of Mayas, Incas and Aztecs came from Asia. So what is the cause of fierce discussions about the complex of Yonaguni, which did not stop for a quarter of a century?

But the fact that the possible date of the appearance of stone town does not fit in contemporary historical theory. Studies have shown that the rock in which he cut down, went under water at least ten thousand years ago, much before the construction of the Egyptian pyramids and cyclopean structures of Minoan era, not to mention the monuments of the ancient Indians. According to modern concepts, in that distant era, people lived in caves and were able only to collect edible roots but to hunt wild beasts. And hypothetical creators of the complex of Yonaguni must have had a highly developed technology of stone processing and a corresponding set of tools that is resisted by the adherents of traditional historical science. After all, at a comparable technological level, the same the Egyptians took only five thousand years later!

Therefore, so far most of the representatives of academic science prefer to explain the incredible topography of the underwater rocks off the coast of Yonaguni the whim of natural elements. According to the skeptics, the intricate stone landscape arose from the physical characteristics of the breed, which consists of a rock formation. This is a type of Sandstone that have a tendency to crack along the planes than can be explained terraced location and geometric shape of massive stone blocks. But the trouble is that many of the right circle, found there, and the symmetry characteristic of stone block, this property Sandstone does not explain how strange and bind all of these forms to one place.

The answers to these questions skeptics there, but because of the mysterious underwater city off the coast of the Japanese island of Yonaguni has long been a taboo subject for most academic scientists. The only thing converge both supporters and opponents of the artificial cliff – under the water it was the result of some horrific disaster in the history of the Japanese Islands was much.

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