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Possible Atlantis. Computer-generated map of a proposed location of the mythical city of Atlantis on Spartel Island in the Strait of Gibraltar. The Strait connects the Atlantic Ocean (left) to the Mediterranean Sea (right), and separates Spain in Europe (top) from Morocco in Africa (bottom). The red circles mark Gibraltar (upper right), Tangier (lower left), and Spartel Island (centre left). The island is now about 100 metres below sea level, but during the last ice age it would have been above sea level and may have been inhabited. Rising sea levels at the end of the ice age may have destroyed the island civilisation, leading to the myth of Atlantis sinking beneath the waves.
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