The country was lovely, in spite of the instability caused by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The volcanic soil was rich and nourishing and there was plenty of rainfall. It was relatively warm, even during the Ice Age. Lush flowering plants, ferns and trees grew everywhere. Plato describes the land this way and mentions the lakes, rivers and hot springs. In the Azores, I saw the steam from hot springs rising in many places. Once I went swimming in a hot spring pool which was cooled by water from the cold mountain stream which ran into it.
There were mountains in the eastern part of Atlantis and sand beaches along parts of the western and southern coasts. Some of this sand is visible in secluded places on the ocean floor in these areas today, as are the coral reefs that protected the beaches. It’s very unusual to find sand and coral at such vast depths because sand is only formed above the surface, and coral lives and grows in 50 or less feet of water.
Plato describes a fruit in Atlantis which had a hard shell that was utilized for drinks, meats and ointments. It is assumed to be the coconut – even though coconuts didn’t grow in the Mediterranean during Plato’s time. So I can picture sand beaches, lined with coconut palms and protected by coral reefs on parts of the southern and western shores.
When I was in the Azores, the hydrangeas were in bloom and the blossoms were huge. The plants were very dense and 6 feet high and their white, blue or pink flowers lined the roads – which usually weren’t very wide. People used hydrangeas as fences to define fields, so when you looked out you’d see squares outlined by blue or white flowers. They say they plough lupines under for fertilizer because they’re so prolific
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