But, hey, you might wanna try searhing for "Alto Plano" or "orichalcon"........or maybe a combination of one of those with "Atlantis".
Yeah, and if you try enough permutations you eventually try "orichalcon america" (without quotes) and find that you've got it wrong.
The referance by Plato is in Critias and is to orichalcum.
You will then be able to go somewhere like the version maintained by MIT. If you read it or any of the commentaries on it you can look up you will see that all Plato says is that it is mined (specifically 'dug out of the earth'), it is second in value only to gold and some descriptions of where it was used.
Nowhere does he say what it is actually composed of - that is all speculation by later readers.
The only reference I can find to orichalcum and modern mining terminology was here to it being "An ancient copper alloy resembling gold in color.". This figures as the Romans minted two coins of this alloy.
So it looks Plato never said what it was and no material of that name is currently mined anywhere.
I guess you weren't terribly close after all.
23rd. Oct. - Edited to fix punctuation.
This message has been edited by MangyTiger, 10-22-2004 08:24 PM