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Atlantis. Artist's impression of the mythological city of Atlantis during the last ice age. A woolly mammoth observes the city from a frozen hillside. The Greek philosopher Plato made the first written references to Atlantis in 360BC. He suggested that Atlantis was located on an island at the mouth of the Pillars of Hercules in what is now called the Strait of Gibraltar. Legend has it that Atlantis was destroyed by a great flood and was submerged beneath the sea around 9600 BC. This may be explained by rising sea levels associated with the end of the last ice age, the time at which mammoths also became extinct.
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