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Ever since Plato first mentioned the lost island civilization of Atlantis in the 4th century B.C., scholars have been trying to figure out whether it ever actually existed — and if so, where. Plato says that after repeated attacks on ancient Athens, Atlanteans and their homeland were swallowed up by the sea. Over the centuries, scores of theories about Atlantis’s presunken whereabouts have sprung up — literally spanning the globe from the North Pole to Antarctica — but today Gibraltar and Santorini are considered among the strongest possible contenders.

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