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In the Caribbean Ocean near Mexico Florida lies the island on Bimini. The island is largely hailed as a tropical paradise with a flirtatious breeze, generous sunshine, and stupendous scuba diving. But until 1968 not even the people there really knew how good the diving was.

It was in 1968 that a pilot noticed a strange feature in the water just north of the island. The water there is surrealistically clear, and only about 15 feet deep. He could see to the bottom quite well, and noticed a pair of darker features, long and mostly straight running in parallel. He mentioned the sight, of course, but the novelty might have been lost then and there were it not for Edgar Cayce … a gentleman who had died 14 years previous.

Edgar Cayce was quasi-famous healer, medium, and prognosticator born in 1877. In his childhood Cayce’s father struck him for being unable to spell the word “cabin”. The blow knocked him from his chair. While lying there on the floor he claimed to have clearly heard a voice say, “If you sleep a little, we can help you.” When he awoke he knew the book word for word, and could repeat any part of it upon demand. He maintained the ability through his entire life; if he slept with a book beneath his head he’d know it through when he woke. Later, after getting pegged in the brain-box with a baseball, he developed a means to enter a trance and diagnose the ills of people and render advice for their mending. Somewhere between the two he began making prophecies.

Among his foretellings of World Wars and the sinking of New York and Japan, in 1936 Cayce said that the “First signs of Atlantis rising would occur in the Bahamas, near the island of Bimini” in the area of 1967 or 1968.

So when a pilot in the predicted years made a note of an oddity around the predicted locale, there was a cliqué who took notice. The publicity served to bring light to something truly interesting: The long, dark formation under the water are, in fact, unusual stones laid out, almost like very large paving stones making a road.

Some see these as a natural formation, and nothing over which to get excited. Others think that maybe they are remnants from the 15th century she ships from the Imperial Chinese Fleet were caught in a storm and, in order to commence repairs, the fleet had to create an ad hoc dry dock using their large, rectangular ballast stones. There are yet others who think that Cayce was right on the money, and it is an ancient and eroded road to Atlantis.

There is no consensus on where the stones came from, but many divers who go down to see the road with their own eyes refuse to believe it is a natural formation. The rocks fit too evenly, stay at too uniform a width, and conform to too straight a line. (If it were a crack that filled in with magma from underneath, however, it would conform to those rules.)

Personally, I think I need to go see it. If it leads to Atlantis or not is trivial; it’s plopped into the middle of paradise. That’s reason enough.