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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 16

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A Clue to The Fate Oi Atlantis By Irston R. Barnes c The Washington F'ost rpHIRA ISLAND - As the JL cruise ship sailed into the heart of the ancient caldera (crater), passing the smoking tumuli of Palaia, Mikra and Nea Kaumene, I experience a wholly new excitement, an excitement that would not have been present in earlier years. The excitement came from having just read "Voyage to Atlantis" by James W. Mayor, jr. (Putnam. $6.05), and oceanographic engineer ;it Woods Hole, Mass. We were at the site of what was probably the greatest volcanic eruption and collapse known to man. And in a brilliant feat of scientific and literary detective work, these natural events appear to explain the fate of the lost Atlantis. That Thira — or Santorini. as it is sometimes known—was the site of a vast volcanic eruption, that the center of the island collapsed into the sea nearly 3,500 years ago, has Off The tlecord "First, Hollo, the good news — you don't have flat feet." : Mil.n 100 MIRA 15.7 CRETEf£ long been known to geologists. But the solution of the Atlantis riddle has come about through the verification of a theory of Mayor and Dr. Angelos Ga- lanopoulos, a seismological research scientist in Athens, by two scientific expeditions organized and led by Mayor. The story of the lost Atlantis comes to us from Plato's "Timaeus" and "Critias." It is based on hearsay five times removed—a story told to Solon by an Egyptian priest and passed down to Critias, the grandson, a contemporary of Plato. An analysis of Plato's account and other legends of other Mediterranean peoples persuaded Mayor and Go- lanopoulos that Thira was the probable site of Atlantis and also that the ancient Atlantis was part of the great Minoan empire centered in Crete before the Fifteenth Century B.C. The magnitude of the Thira •eruptions, protracted over several years, an eruption five times greater than the great Krakatoa eruption in 1883, was followed by the collapse of the caldera "in a single day and a night." The collapse is calculated to have sent tsunami waves of tremendous height, perhaps some 300 feet, throughout the eastern Mediterranean. Such a catastrophe naturally entered into the folk memory of the people. These waves presumably caused the destruction of the Minoan civilization on Crete. M AYOR, ON the basis of further studies into my-, thology and folk stories, thinks that the Thira eruptions and collapse coincided with the Biblical plagues and the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. The collapse appears to be the foundation for the Deucalion floods of Greek mythology. The eruptions were protracted. The ash fall reached as much as 150 feet on parts of Thira and were presumably carried throughout the islands and to Egypt and the coast of Asia. The major destructive force, however, came with the collapse of much of Thira into the huge caldera. To test the theory, the first expedition in 1965 began with underwater soundings by the research ship Chain. With further explorations around the island, it was confirmed that pre-eruption Thira did indeed conform in essentials to Plato's description of the island, allowing for one consistent mistake in the meas- u r e m e n I s reported by Plato. A second expedition in 1966, working with scientific instruments that probe beneath the present surface of the land, very quickly uncovered a large villa or palace with Minoan ar- architecture and artifacts, confirming the Galanopoulos-May- or theory. It also further confirmed Plato's account of Ihe wealth and glory of the Minoan community that occupied Thira some 1,500 years before Christ. And so as the party climbed the precipitous mule track to the white town of modern Thira, we were able, thanks to Mayor and Plafo, to sx-e back some 3,500 years to a civilization that prized peace and beauty, that was very close to . nature and that must have read the displeasure of the gods in the mightiest of all got- I terdamerungs. And again 'thanks to Mayor, the echo of those ancient events comes to us with greater clarity than to any intervening generation. For many years tourists have come to Thira, or San- iorini. drawn by its dramatic landscapes, its lovely town. .. its clear skies and bright waters. Now, as the excavations i continue, there is the ; bility oj recovering in full | stales oj preservation, pro• tectcd by deep volcanic ash, examples of the Minoan civilization superior to anything preserved on Crete. When, and if, that time comes, I hope that today's Thira will not lose its charm- and that the climb on donkey back or on foot will continue to be the only means of access to the island. Third Candidate For Mayor's Post (Ths Register's lows News Service) CEDAR RAPIDS, IA. - The number of candidates for mayor here grew to three Friday when Douglas West, 41, a Cedar Rapids real estate salesman, took out nomination papers to run for the position. Taking out papers earlier were llfiynes Hulchinsnn and Alvin Zobel. If all three file for tin municipal election Nov. 4, there will have to be a primary Oct. 21. FEAR FALLS FALL VEREENIGING, SOUTH AFRICA (AP) — Tightrope walker Rolf Kuster wanted to stroll across Rhodesia's Victoria Falls blindfolded with his 7-year-old son perched on his shoulders, but Rhodesian authorities vetoed the idea. D«s Moinei Regiitetpaat 16 Sat., July 26, IW . ' QUESTIONS AID TO ALCOHOLICS WASHINGTON. D.C. (AP) "Damn little concern" has been shown by doctors and psy-; chiatrists for treating alcoholics, a senator who is a recovered alcoholic told the government's top medical officer Friday. Senator Harold E. Hughes (Dem., la.) made the charge in questioning the value of plans to expand community mental health centers for a comprehensive federal-state effort to help alcoholics. Dr. Roger Egcbcrg, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare's assistant secretary for health and scientific affairs, agreed the medical profession had failed to do enough I in treatment of alcoholics. i But he said the nation's 375 ^community health centers, now | serving some 53 million persons, provide the best mear Karen Sue Beineman Missing Since Wednesday motorcycle with lots of chrome. The man with whom Miss Schnell hitchhiked what is be| Moved to have been her last ride also wore a T-shirt and drove an au- Fear Missing Coed May Be 8th Slaying Victim ANN ARBOR, MICH. (AP) - A distraught father joined police Friday in the search for his missing 18-year-old daughter and fear grew that she may have become the eighth young woman slain in the Ann Arbor-Ypsiianti area in two years. Six of the slayings still are unsolved. Police noted similarity between a sketch of a motorcyclist seen with Karen S. Beineman before her Wednesday disappearance and the sketch of a man last seen with a coed found murdered June 30,1968. Roland Beineman joined with police in seeking clues that might lead them to his daughter, an Eastern Michigan University coed. Father's Plea B e i n.e man, a Muskegon Heights businessman marketing time clock systems for schools and factories, issued a statement urging citizens to help over the weekend by keeping a special lookout for his daughter or anything that might lead to her. Ypsilanti police, using descriptions furnished by two witnesses, made a sketch of the 'motorcyclist with whom they were told Miss Bcine- man had been seen riding in downtown Ypsilanti Wednesday after she had picked up a hairpiece at a wig shop. John Hayes, chief of the Eastern Michigan University security police force, said "there seems to be a resemblance" between it and the sketch of the man last seen with Joan Schell, 20, also an Eastern Michigan coed, and second among seven young women found slain since July 9, 1967 Police Chief Walter Krasny i of Ann Arbor said similarity of i the two had been brought to his i attention, but added "it might' be coincidental." Special Team The Bieneman case was taken over Friday by a special force of officers whose endeavors to solve six of the previous slayings are being coordinated | by Prosecutor William F. Deli hoy's office. i Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Eastern Michigan police forces, State Police and the Washtenaw County sheriff's office have contributed personnel to Delhey's pool. Police went from dormitory to dormitory on the Eastern Michigan campus at the twin city of Ypsilanti showing their sketch of the man last seen with Miss Beineman. They also carried this description: white, 6 feet tall, thin to medium build, dark brown hair, curly in front wMh short sideburns; a T shirt with wide green and yellow stripes; a Honda 450 hand for starting an ambi rehabilitation program. "I'm not sure this is the best approach," said Hughes. "The history of the medical profession indicates damn little concern for the alcoholics — and this goes for psychiatrists, too." "I'm not inclined to put a patient in the hands of a man who doesn't believe he can heal him," the senator added. Hughes said alcoholics have "been under a microscope for 30 years" and the time h come to stop looking at tl problem and do something about it. "When a mother pig has 18 little pigs, you know where the littlest one winds up," Hughes said. "Well, that's where-alco holies have been all these vears. was about the same age and height, but he tomobile. Breakers Pound California Coast LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (AP) — A sea swell from the South Pacific pushed along the West Coast Friday and heavy breakers pounded the southern California coastline. Swimmers were warned that strong and treacherous rip currents would persist until early Sunday. A tropical storm last weekend in the Pacific spawned the sea swell, which traveled more than 5,000 miles from its origin. The resulting high surf whipped the California coast from Zuma Beach to Malibu and Seal Beach to Oceanside. Elsewhere in the nation, scattered thunderstorms dampened the central plains and the Southeast, marring a generally warm and sunny weather pattern. A funnel cloud was reported near Tampa, Fla., and two waterspouts were sighted in the Florida Keys. Nearly 2 inches of rain soaked Russell, Kan. •COMMON' TRANSPLANTS LAKE GENEVA, WIS. (AP) -The world's first heart transplant surgeon, Dr. Christiaan Barnard, says heart transplant operations "will be as common 15 years from now as open University cycle registrations heart surgery is now." He were checked, so were motorcycle clubs and shops over a wide area. spoke at the annual meeting of the Health- Industries Association. TRUCK LOAD SALE Whirlpool Automatic Washer and Dryer »— COMPLETELY BUILT BRAND NEW 3 B.R. HOME '12,900.00 On your lot and foundation. Delivered anywher* end set up In 3 dtvi md completely finished with IVj baths, kitchen cabinets and appliances, all tiled and carpeted. 24x52. 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