Our oceans are greatly unexplored and full of secrets. Deep beneath the waters there are marvelous ruins of lost ancient civilizations.
These ancient underwater remains serve as a reminder of how vulnerable we are and how fast Mother Nature can end our existence.
To date, it is estimated that we have explored only 3 to 5 percent of the ocean floor. With so much territory still left to explore, we can only imagine
the discoveries yet to come! Here are just a few examples of remarkable ancient underwater discoveries.
Dwaraka - Lord Krishna's Lost City
For a long time, Krishna's legendary city of Dwaraka was considered to be nothing but a myth.
However, not so long ago a group of Indian scientists accidentally discovered the lost city of Dwaraka, submerged off the north western coast of India near the
Gulf of Cambay or Khambat.
After so many years it turned out that the 12,000 year old city of Dwaraka was not a myth at all, but a real place that existed in the distant past.
Lost Kingdom Of Cleopatra
Lost for 1,600 years, the kingdom of Cleopatra was discovered off the shores of Alexandria, Egypt.
Cleopatra VII Philopator, known to history as Cleopatra, was the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.
She was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, a family of Greek origin that ruled Egypt after Alexander the Great's death during the Hellenistic period.
It is commonly believed that the Cleopatra's empire was destroyed by an earthquake and tidal waves
Scientists think that the entire city was completely submerged, along with all the artifacts, statues, columns and other beauties of the palace of Cleopatra.
Lost Continent Of Mu - 8000-Year-Old Yonaguni-Jima Ruins
In 1987, while looking for good under-water sites to dive near Yonaguni, scuba diving instructor Kihachiro Aratake,
discovered an amazing under-water construct 20 feet below the surface of the water. The construct is defined as being "as if terraced into the side of a mountain,"
resembling a grand stand for Sea Gods, or somewhat like an amphitheater with its huge steps and blocks of stone.
The construct's 250-foot base lies 100 feet below the ocean's surface and rises to a height of 80 feet. The Monument consists of medium to very
fine sandstones and mudstones of the Lower Miocene Yaeyama Group believed to have been deposited about 20 million years ago
The underwater formation or ruin called "The Turtle" at Yonaguni, Ryukyu Islands. Image credit: Masahiro Kaji - The Japan's Dive-spot Gallery
It has been debated whether the site is completely natural, is a natural site that has been modified, or is a manmade artifact.
Some researchers believe the underwater ruins near Yonaguni are part of the legendary lost continent of Mu.
Wickedest City On Earth
Once known as the "Wickedest City on Earth" for its sheer concentration of pirates, prostitutes and rum, Port Royal is now famous for another reason:
"It is the only sunk city in the New World," according to Donny L. Hamilton.
In 1981, the Nautical Archaeology Program of Texas A&M University, in cooperation with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) and the Jamaica
National Heritage Trust (JNHT), began underwater archaeological investigations of the submerged portion of the 17th-century town of Port Royal, Jamaica.
Present evidence indicates that while the areas of Port Royal that lay along the edge of the harbor slid and jumbled as they sank, destroying most of the
archaeological context, the area investigated by TAMU / INA, located some distance from the harbor, sank vertically, with minimal horizontal disturbance.
In contrast to many archaeological sites, the investigation of Port Royal yielded much more than simply trash and discarded items.
An unusually large amount of perishable, organic artifacts were recovered, preserved in the oxygen-depleted underwater environment.
Together with the vast treasury of complimentary historical documents, the underwater excavations of Port Royal have allowed for a
detailed reconstruction of everyday life in an English colonial port city of the late 17th century. More
Pavlopetri - Unique Underwater City
The city of Pavlopetri, underwater off the coast of southern Laconia in Greece, is about 5000 years old. This underwater site is unique. An entire town is
resting underwater, including streets, buildings, courtyards, and tombs. It has at least 15 buildings submerged in three to four meters of water.
Pavlopetri was presumably once a thriving harbour town where the inhabitants conducted local and long distance trade throughout the Mediterranean -
its sandy and well-protected bay would have been ideal for beaching Bronze Age ships. As such the site offers major new insights into the workings
of Mycenaean society.
It was discovered in 1967 by Nicholas Flemming and mapped in 1968 by a team of archaeologists from Cambridge.
6 Surprising Things Falling From The Sky
Stories of strange things falling from the sky date back a long time ago.
Over the years, there have been many bizarre instances recorded when things have fallen from the skies that simply do not belong there.
We have put together a list of some surprising things that fell from the heavens.
These are things you certainly don't expect to fall down on you...
Exploding Lakes - Horrifying Natural Phenomena
Exploding lakes are a terrible natural phenomena and very serious environmental problem.
These lakes are capable of killing thousands, even millions of people and animals living in the region...
Lake Nyos is an active crater lake that formed by an eruption about 5 centuries ago...
Antarctica's Mysterious Lake Untersee And Its Otherworldly Ecosystem
A research team has now returned to Lake Untersee to begin the first real studies of this incredible environment.
This new high-quality image details the conical stromatolites that have formed on top of a boulder at a depth of about 20 meters, other
cones can be seen populating the sloping bottom...
Solar Tornadoes As Wide As Five Earths Discovered
Solar tornadoes several times as wide as the Earth can be generated in the solar atmosphere, say researchers in the UK.
"This is perhaps the first time that such a huge solar tornado is filmed by an imager. Previously much smaller solar
tornadoes were found my SOHO satellite. But they were not filmed," says Dr. Xing Li, of Aberystwyth University.
Who Installed "This Object" At The Bottom Of The Ocean?
Our oceans are full of secrets, and this is one of them.
Deep beneath the waters we find ruins of ancient lost civilizations, wreckage of old ships and planes, and sometimes we come across very strange, unidentified objects.
Looking at this odd construction, one has to ask - Who installed this object at the bottom of the ocean?
Extreme Life In Tough Environment Of Hot Earth Without Oxygen
Once upon a time, Earth was still a hot, violent place at this time, with volcanic activity dominating the early Earth. The sky was cloudy and grey,
keeping the heat in despite the sun being weaker than today.
The water temperature of the oceans was much higher at 40-50 degrees (the temperature of a hot bath) and circulating currents were very strong.
Living Earth Simulator - Supercomputer Predicting The Future
In Douglas Adams book the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy we encounter a machine called Deep Thought. It is the most powerful computer ever built. Deep Thought is capable of answering questions
concerning life, the Universe, and simply everything. Now scientists are planning to create a similar machine. It is called the Living Earth Simulator (LES).
New Evidence Links Earth's Extreme Weather To Human-Caused Global Warming
The past decade has been one of unprecedented weather extremes. Scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany argue that the high incidence of extremes is not merely accidental.
From the many single events a pattern emerges. At least for extreme rainfall and heat waves the link with human-caused global warming is clear...
An Incredible Geological Phenomena
Earth is an amazing planet and our nature is full of wonders. We have previously written about incredible singing plants.
This time we would like to focus our readers' attention on another amazing geological phenomena, namely so-called growing stones.
It is difficult to image that stones can really grow, but these stones seem to be alive!
Amazing Phenomenon Of Singing Plants
Plants are very much alive. Not only do they dislike human noise but they also posses the capacity to learn and communicate.
Perhaps even more astonishing is that plants can also make music.
Have you ever heard the incredible music of the plants? Plants can actually sing and compose music
and listening to it is truly beautiful and relaxing!
Easter Island's Statues Reveal Bodies
Covered With Unknown Ancient Petroglyphs
Standing some 2,000 miles west of Chile, on the Easter Island, 887 mysterious giant statues have intrigued scientists and the public for years.
For a long time it was believed that the massive statutes consisted of just the heads. Now,
scientists can reveal remarkable photos showing that the bodies of the statues go far deeper underground than just about anyone had imagined...
Where Is The Hottest Place On Earth?
There are many extreme places on our wonderful Earth.
Among them is the hottest place on Earth. But where exactly is it?
To answer that question is not as easy as it might seem.
This question is in fact still widely debated because, how the temperature is measured plays an
important role when scientists attempt to decide what place is hotter than the other.
"Something Is Seriously Wrong:
Too Many Strong Earthquakes", Scientist Says
Does a supernatural seismic activity threaten our planet?
Apparently, something unknown has triggered a "terrible and global domino", according to scientists who observe recent earthquake reports.
Seismologists recognize that what happens to the seismic activity goes beyond the level generally considered as normal...
Amazing Alien Landscape On Earth - Dallol Volcano
If you want to experience an alien landscape it is not necessary to travel to another planet.
In fact, there are places on Earth where the landscape is truly bizarre, almost extraterrestrial many would say.
Looking at this amazing scenery, one can easily ask - Are we still on Earth?
Giant Underwater Canyon Zhemchug
Can Only Be Seen Entirely From Space
We continue to explore amazing places on our beautiful planet.
This time we take a journey deep beneath the oceans. Hidden beneath all that water are some of the biggest natural formations on earth.
Deep underwater we find the longest mountain ranges, the tallest volcanoes and the deepest canyons.
We might think that Grand Canyon is big, but it is nothing compared to Zhemchug that is so huge it can only be seen entirely from space!