THE SECRET OF ATLANTIS by Otto Muck

THE SECRET OF ATLANTIS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

According to the late German physicist, Otto Muck, there undeniably was an Eden, now a submerged plateau in the Atlantic where the nine Azores constitute the tips of its once-soaring peaks, and its destruction heralded the greatest cataclysm ever known. Involved were the Biblical flood, tidal waves and fires for South American Indians, massive flooding over what is today the US, extirpation of the great mammoths, and overnight metamorphosis of Siberia from a green, woody paradise to a waste of permafrost. By piling clues on bit by piece--changed spawning habits of eels, isothermic patterns of the mid-Atlantic, geological strata in China, and genitive use of the term ""Atlantic""--and making an enormous number of causal assumptions (including the first and greatest, that Plato's description of Atlantis was indeed for narrative record rather than for political purposes), prosecutor Muck builds a compelling, if not watertight, case. It contradicts much commonly held science, but to challenge it will require wearing as many shirts as Muck attempts: archaeologist (defines the exact time and date of destruction by Mayan astronomical records); anthropologist (describes the cultural rhythm of the long-vanished inhabitants); marine scientist (speculates on siltation in Norway and cracks in the mid-Atlantic ridge); and astrophysicist (postulates on the stability of the Earth's orbital elements). An ambitious, highly imaginative case for the reader susceptible to disaster mysteries.

Pub Date: Jan. 27th, 1978
Publisher: Quadrangle/The New York Times