Strange Places: The Yonaguni Monument

Derided by Scholars As Entirely Natural, Some Believe These Mysterious Underwater Structures May Be a Lost Civilisation

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“Main terrace” on the left, “straight wall” on the front. | Melkov, Wikimedia Commons (CC0 1.0)
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Diving excursion at Yonaguni Monument usually starts with passing through this arch, which directly leads to “Twin Megaliths”. | Melkov, Wikimedia Commons (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication

“The largest structure looks like a complicated, monolithic, stepped pyramid that rises from a depth of 25 meters [82 feet]”

Masaaki Kimura, as quoted by National Geographic

A part of Yonaguni Monument that is called the Main Terrace, underwater near Yonaguni Island, Japan| Melkov, Wikimedia Commons (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication
The underwater formation or ruin called “The Turtle” at Yonaguni, Ryukyu Islands. | Masahiro Kaji — The Japan’s Dive-spot Gallery, Yonaguni Photos, Public Domain

“You get a regular blocky structure quite naturally.”

Robert Schoch, New Scientist

An object that looks like giant stair, on the Main Terrace of Yonaguni Monument, underwater near Yonaguni Island, Japan | Melkov, Wikimedia Commons (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication
A feature that looks like a water trench that crosses the upper part of Yonaguni Monument | Melkov, Wikimedia Commons (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication
Yonaguni Monument Twin Megaliths with Divers | Melkov, Wikimedia Commons (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication

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