Lesson 1 (from Introduction: The Mystery of the Maps)
In the Introduction, students learned of a series of ancient maps that show Antarctica to have once been a temperate zone. Students will discuss these maps and how they support Hancock's claim that a lost civilization may be buried under two miles of ice.
1. Research: Working in groups, students will summarize the relationship between the theory that Antarctica was displaced and either the Piri Reis map, the Oronteus Finaeus map, Philippe Buache's map, or the Mercator map. (The maps are all extremely ancient. Piri Reis--drawn prior to 4,000 B.C.; Oronteus Finaeus-contemporary with the end of the Ice Age; Buache--pre-Ice Age; Mercator--based on older maps.)
2. Groups will present their maps and how they relate to the theory of Antarctica's displacement and the possibility of a lost civilization, either by drawing them or presenting internet images in a PowerPoint presentation.
3. Journaling: Which of the maps do you...
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