Underwater Formations in Zakynthos Explained by Science

Beautiful panorama of Navagio or Shipwreck beach on the island of Zakynthos in the afternoon

(Zakynthos, Greece) – On June 4, 2016 scientists made a discovery that underwater formations that were found near the Greek island of Zakynthos can be explained by science, not myth. When they were discovered, it was speculated that these formations could lead to the discovery of the “Lost City of Atlantis” or of Lemuria, another city that faded away mysteriously. At the time of its discovery, it was believed that the formation, which had a cobblestone-like appearance, could have been created by man and was evidence that there was a lost city underneath the surface. That idea has been recently disproven by scientists.

Julian Andrews, the lead researcher said in a paper published in the Marine and Petroleum Journal, “The suggestion that they were archaeological remains was brought about by tourists who were swimming around and saw these things and thought they were stone work.” From there, word about the site spread and the Greek authorities eventually began investigating the claims, which came up short. Once the authorities were finished, Andrews, in partnership with Professor Michael Stamatakis from the Department of Geology at the University of Athens started an investigation of their own. Their analysis of the mineral content of the formations didn’t support the claim that the formation was caused by man, which led them to look into natural causes.

They said, “There’s no evidence, nothing that suggests human civilization. There’s no pottery, no coins, nothing else that goes along with these things. We investigated the site, which is between two and five meters underwater, and found that it is actually a natural geological occurring phenomenon.” According to their analysis, they discovered the that formations had naturally occurring levels of methane, which is usually an indicator of natural organic  material. Certain species of microbes feed on the natural carbon and create a substance called dolomite. What results is something that resembled concrete, which is what led to the initial confusion as to its origin.


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