Over 11,000 years ago, an island nation existed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and was populated by a powerful and intellectually superior race. It was a center for trade and commerce and the people were quite wealthy thanks to the natural resources. The influence of this island was felt well into Europe and Africa. This was the island of Atlantis, domain of Poseidon, god of the sea.

When Poseidon fell in love with a mortal woman, Cleito, he created a dwelling at the top of a hill and surrounded it with rings of water and land for her protection. She gave birth to five sets of twin boys who ruled Atlantis. On the central hill were two temples. One housed a giant gold statue of Poseidon riding a chariot pulled by winged horses. Here, rulers would discuss laws, dispense with judgments, and pay tribute to Poseidon.

To facilitate travel, a canal was cut through of the rings of land running south to the sea. Two harvests were possible each year and an abundance of herbs, fruits and animals, including elephants, could be found on the island. For generations they lived simple, virtuous lives. But greed and power corrupted them. When Zeus saw their decline, Atlantis and its people were swallowed by the sea. This is the story told by Plato around 360 B.C.E. and the only known reference to Atlantis. The journal Antiquity has just published satellite photos of a region of the southern Spanish coast that reveal features matching descriptions made by Plato of the fabled city.

Photos of a salt marsh show two rectangular structures in the mud and parts of concentric rings that may have surrounded them. Researchers believe the rectangular features could be remains of the two temples described by Plato. Plato also wrote that Atlantis was rich in copper and other metals. Copper is found in abundance in the area.