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APRIL 24, 2011

Madison-based nonprofit think tank solves Atlantis mystery

Madison, Wisconsin — Wells Research Laboratory, Inc. (WRL)—a nonprofit science and history think tank focused on investigating the potential natural origins of myth— developed a comprehensive, measurable and scientifically plausible geologic solution for the catastrophe that led to the destruction and ultimate abandonment of Atlantis. WRL recently received its IRS 501(c)(3) tax exemption status. This designation has allowed WRL to begin in earnest disseminating the findings from its primary Greco-Egyptian research project and to initiate fundraising for planned scientific field studies at a specific site in NW Africa. “I want you to forget what you think you know about Plato’s Atlantis myth. Its popular interpretation has been flawed by many false assumptions that have led us far astray from the natural geologic reality connected to the disappearance of this prehistoric tribe,” said Jerry Wells, WRL’s Founder and President. “It’s important to realize that Plato indicated his writings about Atlantis actually had an Egyptian origin. By following his lead, our investigations have identified a strong connection with the ancient pre-dynastic Egyptian city known as Bakhu, that’s why we’ve named the project Atlantis-Bakhu.”

WRL’s unique hypothesis uses topographic maps, satellite imagery and graphic diagrams to demonstrate that it is possible Plato’s Atlantic Island DID NOT SINK—it only appeared to have sunk due to an optical illusion of sorts and was actually uplifted instead in a geologic process similar to accelerated epeirogenesis. By following Plato’s explicit descriptions, WRL identified a site on the Saharan Atlas steppe region of modern Algeria at ~31.84° N Latitude and 1.03° E Longitude at an elevation of 460 meters. This location matches all of Plato’s requirements including massive canals across the plain and the famed rings of the mythical city Atlantis-Bakhu. These ring formations have signatures consistent with a triple meteorite impact, which in itself is interesting since it would be one of the first triple meteorite sites to be catalogued. Wells cited numerous examples where “The so-called Atlanteans were not necessarily as advanced as we once thought, but rather they simply took advantage of the naturally occurring geography and geology of the site.” For complete details, Wells recommends watching an engaging video of their narrated presentation at as well as reviewing the answers to frequently asked questions available on the Atlantis-Bakhu Project page of WRL’s website.

After Wells presented his research at a myth and geology conference in Athens, Greece, several geoscientists offered to provide their expertise in conducting a field survey at the site of the apparent craters as soon as funding is available. Consequently, in addition to educating the public about this exciting avant-garde hypothesis, Wells founded the nonprofit corporation to function in part as a fundraising organization whose mission includes fostering field work in the geologic sciences and in the relatively new scientific field called geomythology.

Wells explained, “Although we’re busy disseminating WRL’s hypothesis and raising funds for the initial on-site survey with our team of scientists, there’s still much more scientific research that can be conducted in the future. Given the enormous size of this proposed site for the city of Atlantis-Bakhu, more than 100 square kilometers or 40 square miles, we would like additional scholars with a wide variety of expertise to volunteer their time. We’re actively seeking sponsors to join us in this international endeavor and we’re very interested in forming partnerships with geoscientists, archaeologists, classicists, and Egyptologists who can offer the support of their universities with field research and general oversight. If you are interested in helping, either through funding or by providing your specific expertise, please contact us.”

Wells Research Laboratory, Inc. (WRL) is a nonprofit organization formed exclusively for charitable educational, literary and scientific purposes. The corporation conducts and supports integrated multidisciplinary research in history, literature and the natural & social sciences. It also examines the potential scientific and historical underpinnings of mythology in an effort to comprehend the origins of myth. WRL investigations may challenge status quo assumptions while focusing on developing solutions to the numerous anomalies that pervade the foundation, infrastructure matrices, and ultimately, the institutional architecture of human knowledge and understanding. Information about WRL and its various research projects can be found at