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A Continent Lost In The Pacific Ocean

Our title is also the English title of a book published recently in Japan. The subtitle quoted below implies that we are not discussing the supposed lost continent of Mu.

"Riddle of the Submarine Ruins in the Ryukyu Islands"

Rather, the underwater site is that introduced in SF#118 and located southwest of Okinawa. It is hardly the size of a continent.

The book's author is Masaaki Kimura, and he has filled his book with stunning underwater photographs and diagrams of this "lost continent." Unfortunately, except for a Contents page, which is in English, the rest of the book is in Japanese. We'll have to settle for the Contents page, which is rather revealing.

  1. Human Beings under the Sea
  2. The Submarine Ruins Discovered
  3. Were the Ryukyu Islands a Continent?
  4. Discovery of a Civilization Lost in the Sea
  5. An Ancient Civilization in Southernmost Japan
  6. A Continent Lost in the Pacific Ocean
  7. Submersion of the Land and Tectonics of the Earth
  8. Hypotheses for the Land Lost in the Pacific Ocean
  9. A Utopia Sunk in the Pacific Ocean

Pretty inflammatory stuff, so much so that we must be wary indeed!

One of the drawings in our photocopy is good enough to reproduce here. The immediate impression, as with many of the underwater photographs, is that surely this structure is artificial. But we must remember that Nature has her playful moods and has deposited simulacra everywhere, perhaps even on Mars, certainly with the Grand Tetons!

(Kimura, Masaaki; A Continent Lost in the Pacific, all other bibliographical data in Japanese. Cr. R. Molnar)

Kimura's 'lost continent' This secion of Kimura's "lost continent" is only about 180 meters long. Artificial structure or natural geological formation?

From Science Frontiers #121, JAN-FEB 1999. 1999-2000 William R. Corliss

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