The Yonaguni Monument is a massive underwater geologic oddity near the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. A natural phenomenon, it is nonetheless held up be some who search for Atlantis as proof of a sunken city. Several features of the rocks boggle the mind as how nature could have been so clever.
Pyramid of the Sun – Mayan?
An area with strong currents, divers nonetheless enjoy the waters for wildlife watching and scuba diving. Rock formations documented by film in 1997 by the Discovery Channel made a strong case for the possibility that the formations were pre-historic man made occurrences. Made of medium to very fine sandstone and mudstone deposited 20 million years ago, features were filmed that were quite remarkable.
The Turtle is less than 20 ft below the ocean surface at it’s top and is approximately 500 ft by 100 ft in size. Sharp edges and parallel faces lead divers and even scientists to wonder if these square angles and uniform extents of rock were cut by hand.
10,000 years ago sea levels were 75 feet lower than today, leading some to believe that the sandstone was cut in ancient times. Still, this would predate the construction of the Pyramids, or Stonehenge, both major works of stone cutting, by 5,000 years. Still, around the Ryuku islands are tombs and artifacts made of stone thought to date back at least 2,500 years, suggesting that magnificent stone working capabilities existed in the Japanese province thousands of years ago.