Is Mount Desert Island Atlantis?
IT MAY SEEM FAR-FETCHED,
but a mature, sane, level-headed woman who lives in Bar Harbor believes
there is a very good chance that Mount Desert Island is the legendary
of "The Native Rock," June Power Chaplin has spent a lifetime studying
the rocks of Mt. Desert Island. To her, certain geologic feature lend
credence to the notion that MDI is Atlantis.
contends that Plato's description of Atlantis, written in 360 BC, seems
remarkably similar to MDI and norhteatern Maine and New Brunswick.
The description, which appears in the dialogues of Timaeus and
Critieas, concerns an island called Atlantis that he places somewhere
in the Atlantic Ocean. Plato wrote that the account "though strange"
was "certainly true." Although written over 2300 years ago, the story
was older, having been handed down several generations. Plato said that
the island of Atlantis had been destroyed 9000 years before his
account, which amounts to 11-12,000 years ago.
Chaplin raises powerful questions. Had the Coast of Maine been known
and remembered some 2500 - 3000 years ago? Had Plato's sources related
a description of a vast glacial plain and theorized a mighty people had
once lived on the land to explain its geologic and glacial features? Or
had there, indeed, been a perfected City of Atlantis and plain of the
Continent of Atlantis, populated by hard-working Atlanteans who lived
12,000 years ago?
Chaplin points out 13 specific descriptions of Atlantis with striking
comparisons of the Island of Mount Desert. “The Native Rock,” filled
with alluring illustrations and comprehensive chapters on Acadia
National Park's geologic formations".