The Eye of Africa! Lost Atlantis?

I had to see this in the infinite flight app.

The eye of Africa/The eye of the Sahara/ The Richat Structure.

I departed in my little TBM-930 via GQPA in Mauritania, and climbed north east in search of the Richat structure.

As i climbed to FL20, I noticed that the mountain ridge running through most of Mauritania looks as though it could of been a ocean shelf, in times far past.

Then in all of its grandeur, appeared in the desert as if from nowhere, the Richat Structure.

Why this natural landmark holds such significance, is it resembles the description of Atlantis by Plato. Around 25 miles in diameter, it is believed that Atlantis was a city made of circles, and between each was a circle of water. In the center was the Island of Unal (The heart of Atlantis).

If you look at google earth in this area, you will notice huge salt deposits in this area of the desert, indicating there was once flowing water, and is possibly the result of a tidal wave that would’ve buried any form of life, beneath the dark waves.

Of course there is no evidence that this is the remains of Ancient Atlantis, but whatever you think, there is no hiding the beauty of this planet and the infinite and mysterious possibilities about human history.

Have a great day everyone!


Wow! How do you get there? I would like to try it out myself!


Fly North east out of GQPA. You’ll see the mountain ridge in the distance which goes through most of Mauritania, follow it east heading 060 for about 20 minutes. I had to use google earth a bit too as it is just pure desert and quite hard to find. Once you find it make sure to take some snaps!

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Oh wow!: screenshots 3, 4 and 5 in particular!


And congrats on:
“Badges / New User of the Month”!

…which I didn’t know existed.

edit: I hadn’t known this before: “In the 1960s, astronauts who were a part of Project Gemini were searching for circular impact structures when they came across the Eye of the Sahara.”…I didn’t like what I further read at the website that claimed this…I deleted the reference.

From memory, I previously read about it being a meteorite impact candidate.

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Thanks for sharing the article. Its fascinating.

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On a personal note: I tend to be open minded at first (initially giving the imagination some good latitude), but extremely skeptical after the fact (the goal is the truth), often discounting where my imagination first leads.

My mom believed in a lot of things that didn’t always sit well with me, converging to a science and engineering mindset.

…but, I love this one: Wolfgang Pauli, every high school chemistry student has to confront the Pauli Exclusion Principal:

Basically, the quantum, experimentally determined rules, of how you fill orbital levels, gives definition to how atoms and molecules give specific shape and volume to objects of mass that constitute our material world, and our perception of it.

Yet Wolfgang Pauli, a key original member of the architects of quantum mechanics (credited with the neutrino as well), was a patient of and collaborator with Carl Jung. Pauli wrote extensively on “synchronicity” with Jung.

Not at all embraced by mainstream science!

What?: the ultimate materialist (scientific rules giving foundation to why our material world appears as it does) is also embracing beliefs on the nature of reality completely rejected by the science orthodoxy?

Reminds me of the “mind body problem” in psychology - which ties into what we try to mean, but perhaps fail to clearly define, by AI…

Or the 2020 Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Roger Penrose’s outside work on consciousness being “non-computational.” And he’s the mathematician’s mathematician - the very foundation of computational.

I sure do agree with you on this: our world is full of “mysterious possibilities,” even among a lot of scientists and engineers through history.

(Hopefully somewhat topic relevant)