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Did Atlantis Really Exist?

Updated on October 7, 2014
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Atlantis: The Lost Continent - Did it really exist?

The legend of Atlantis has long been discussed, researched, and even actively sought. It is a grand tale of a continent sinking into the ocean, wiping out a great civilization.

Could it be that this happened? where? when? Many have asked those questions, and some even think they have answers.

I believe Atlantis did exist and just because we can't agree on its location doesn't change that.

Was Atlantis Real? and if so, where was it? - Was Atlantis Just A Myth?

The Great Atlantis Debate

Was Atlantis real or is it a myth?

Ancient Mysteries - Atlantis Documentary on DVD

Ancient Mysteries - Atlantis: The Lost Civilization
Ancient Mysteries - Atlantis: The Lost Civilization

This is a great overview documentary that goes into what Plato described Atlantis to be, and the many theories as to its whereabouts. Seeing for yourself the beautiful underwater findings that have led to Atlantis theories is quite an extraordinary experience.

 

Atlantis: The Lost Continent

Athanasius Kircher's map of Atlantis - 1669 (oriented with South at the top)

Athanasius Kircher's map of Atlantis - 1669 (oriented with South at the top)
Athanasius Kircher's map of Atlantis - 1669 (oriented with South at the top)

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Do you believe Atlantis was real?

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About Atlantis

The first known record discussing the legendary island of Atlantis was by Plato, in the dialogues Timaeus and Critias, written about 360 BC.

According to Plato, Atlantis was located "in front of the Pillars of Hercules" and that it was "an island greater in extent than Libya and Asia".

He wrote that over 9000 years earlier there was a great war, in which those inside the Pillars of Hercules, led by the City of Athens, fought those outside the Pillars of Hercules led by the kings of Atlantis. Thought the Atlantis force was strong, the extreemly brave fighters from within the Pillars of Hercules overcame then. However, as Plato wrote "But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea. "

The History of Atlantis

The History of Atlantis
The History of Atlantis

A renowned scholar of the Atlantis myth, Lewis Spence wrote five books on the fabled land, and this is considered by many to be his best work. Replete with the magic and romance of that fantastical lost land, this replica of the first 1926 edition includes all of the original maps, photos, charts, and illustrations, and discusses: the differences between Atlantean and other histories; why Plato's narrative of the realm was not allegorical; the numerous historical references to and proofs of the reality of Atlantis; the geography of Atlantis; the inhabitants of and early human society in Atlantis; the kings of Atlantis; corroboration of the existence of the realm in British literature.

 

So then, where was Atlantis? - If Atlantis was real, where was it?

In his writings, Plato stated that Atlantis was located on the Atlantic Ocean "beyond the pillars of Hercules". So, if Atlantis was a real continent, then WHERE was it?

Where do YOU think the lost continent of Atlantis is?

Where do you think the lost continent of Atlantis is?

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Please share your thoughts about Atlantis. Have you read anything interesting on the topic? Do you have any theories?

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      Melanie Paige 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      The crystal skulls that Ancient Aliens talk about; apparently they came from Atlantis and escaped with one person per skull, all of whom took their skull and kept them on all corners of the world, and never to be reunited as they are the key to unlocking the lost land.

      I have a theory that Atlantis did not only sink, but also got sent to a different dimension or plane of existence, or maybe just cloaked. I'm very open minded :)

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      employmentresources 4 years ago

      Awesome lens! thanks ;D

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      OMENA777 4 years ago

      Atlantis was a civilization of advanced people, especially when it came to healing and technical knowledge.

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for posting it.

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      LuizAvila 5 years ago

      Atlantis is an important subject!

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      Thomas-J-Stevens 5 years ago

      I have read dozens of books on Atlantis and some have very weak evidence to support claims Atlantis was in Indonesia or Bolivia. the Indonesia theory was supposedly the culmination of 30 years of research. However his jumps in logic leave the theory unconvincing, in my opinion. The eel migration observation by Ott Muck is much more interesting, and shows that there was possibly a landmass in the Atlantic.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Excellent Lens, I think there are a few locations where Atlantis could have been located.

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      Great interesting lens. Going to pin it to my "mysteries' board on pinterest :)

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I really have no clue whether Atlantis existed. I have an open mind on the subject, though.

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      RealLifeServices 5 years ago

      Wasn't it a place where traders would come together in the times when Greece was a major knowledge hub of the world?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      My current theory is that the myth of Atlantis grew up around the flooding of a real island that was perhaps not far above sea level to begin with, but the sophistication of its culture and technological achievements and whatnot have been greatly exaggerated in the telling, to say the least.

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      If it didn't exist, there would be no myth to tantalize so many for so long. Great lens on an interesting subject.

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      Shorebirdie 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      I think it may have been a large island that sank or was covered by water after the ice age glaciers began to melt, or both. But, I don't think it was much more advanced in technology than the average culture in the area at that time.

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      Maybe we're just not meant to find it. When the time is right, we will.

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      Liz Mackay 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Im not sure about Atlantis, but believe it very possibly could have existed. Blessed.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Lovely lens. There are so many speculations about Atlantis... I hope it's found one day.

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      GaelicForge 5 years ago

      Atlantis sings in the hearts of the human race as a treasured and ancient ballad that entices us toward the creative spirit of life.

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      fivee05 lm 5 years ago

      I do believe that Atlantis existed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was here a couple years ago and my hopeful heart still wants there to have been an Atlantis. Donovan's "Atlantis" started playing in my head as soon as I came here and just had to listen to it...it was magical...hail Atlantis! But, I digress, I meant to just congratulate you on front page honors!

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      KReneeC 5 years ago

      Great lens! Very interesting..... well done

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      no such thing. at least that is what I thought

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      hftm69 5 years ago

      Great lens, I also believe that Atlantis excisted, but at this moment we can't proof that Atlantis excisted, the ocean is so big...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! I love mysteries like this!

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      LabKittyDesign 5 years ago

      Some historians claim that the basis of the story of Atlantis was ancient Crete. There was a very rich Minoan civilization there for a couple thousand years which got wiped out virtually overnight by a volcanic eruption. This was around the time that the Greeks were arriving on the scene, which might explain Plato's obsession with the place. Sea levels in the Mediterranean changed dramatically, creating lots of submerged ruins around the island. Also, the documents that the Minoans left behind are written in something called Linear A which nobody knows how to read, adding to the mystery.

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      gamrslist 5 years ago

      ill be back enjoyed your lens thank you

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      mowug1776 5 years ago

      sometime i wonder if there where 2 Atlantises

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      C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

      I think this is such a fascinating question. I'd really like to believe that Atlantis existed. Maybe one day there will be concrete proof.

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      parwatisingari lm 5 years ago

      yeah this is one of my table thumping debates. I love this one.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      Great lens. There is a lot of information that we don't know yet that could be miss-attributed to a super volcano eruption or the volcano.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like the debate created here! Good way to trigger participation. Excellent job! Thanks for the subtle teaching.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I can't wait for the day that it's found. How much history we could discover.

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      caketech 5 years ago

      This lens has just been squid angel blessed! I have always been intrigued by stories of Atlantis, and whether it is real or not, it is still fun to read about!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Was really into the myth of Atlantis when I was a kid. Great lens! Kudos!

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      aquarian_insight 6 years ago

      Takes me back to when I was obsessed with Atlantis. A great lens.

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      franstan lm 6 years ago

      I have always been intrigued by Atlantis. Blessed.

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      I always enjoyed this kind of stories. Nicely done & great resource. ***Angel blessed*** during my epic Back to School Bus Trip quest :)

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      interesting and informative lens on a lost continent. learned a new subject from you. thanks. ~blessed~

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      kab 6 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @HERBMASTER: I don't exactly know what you mean, because this page is on both sides of the Atlantis issue, but thanks, I guess. And so the world knows, I did visit your site; I did read it; and I did declare it BS. I'm not buying what your selling. But thanks.

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      HERBMASTER 6 years ago

      Aside from the Atlantis issue, I really like how you wrote this page on the issue. It really makes me rethink what I could do differently. Thanks for visiting me at my site.

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      RetroMom 6 years ago

      This is a very interesting lens. It makes me wonder, it Atlantis really do exist.

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      grannysage 6 years ago

      Sometimes I could just kick my husband. He is always destroying my favorite myths with facts. I was a true Atlantis in the Atlantic believer until he convinced me with research that it was most likely the explosion of Thera. The Minoans had a very advanced civilization and the eruption greatly contributed to its decline. There are also some that speculate that it could have been linked to the story of the Exodus in the Bible. It is a truly fascinating subject.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      this was an impressive lens. interesting information on the island sinking in the ocean. thanks for sharing this wonderful lens - something greek

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      garrekds 6 years ago

      Atlantis certainly has a lot of exciting stories surrounding it, but like many scholars have been saying about several resurgent myths, people in modern times are taking the stories far more seriously than the people of antiquity ever did.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      It doesn't matter if it was really real, it was definitely real and we are living in it now. If we don't wake up, just like they didn't, then we will be with them.

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      MoonandMagic 6 years ago

      I love the Atlantis legend, I have rolled this and enjoyed it a lot :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great job on making this lens, you can see that you put a lot of thought on this.

      Great job!!!

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      AmbrosiaPopsicle 7 years ago

      The next time Atlantis Rises, will be within us.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nice lens on this topic. Of course, I believe that it existed.

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      irenemaria 7 years ago from Sweden

      I saw a lovely movie made about this. Pro´s and con´s. They left me with a question mark.

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      DecoratingEvents 7 years ago

      For years I have read tons on this, both ways. I believe it was real. Cool lens idea!

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      emcueto 7 years ago

      it probably did exist but the stories of it that we know of today may have been twisted to make it more appealing to people.

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      awakeningwellness 7 years ago

      This is a great topic for a debate, I definitely believe it existed. Have you ever read any of Edgar Cayce's channeled information on Atlantis?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This debate has been going on a long time and I think it will continue until concrete proof of Atlantis is found. I choose to believe it did exist.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      There are other places that did exist and no traces can be found of them, so why not Atlantis too. It could have been real. I don't know....

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I don't know if existed or not, but the mystery behind the story makes it all that more interesting and fun!

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      Christene-S 7 years ago

      Funny that I found this lens today. My daughter had announced earlier that when she grows up she will find, and live in, Atlantis. LOL

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I always like to hear or watch or read about Atlantis. Don't know if it exists, but its interesting. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The Atlantis legend actually has a very straightforward explanation. It was a supervolcanic island off Portugal that exploded and sank in the 17th century BC, i.e., the lost island was exactly where Plato said it was. Plato's Egyptian sources greatly exaggerated the antiquity of Atlantis -- along with their own (See Roots of Cataclysm, Algora Publ. NY 2009).

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 7 years ago

      Interesting topic for a lens. Unless decisively proved, the question of Atlantis having existed should remain in the realm of myth.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I haven't really don't much research on this, but from the bit I've read, (and I understand that people talked differently in the times of Plato) the first thought I had was that he could have been talking about a ship. I mean on this page what you cite from Plato, he never states anything of land of the "Atlantis". He talks about the land where you can see Atlantis from... I don't know. Like I said, I haven't done much research on this, it was just a first impression. Though, maybe not even a ship; but something large floating in the ocean. Eh, just my 2 bits.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Great topic for a lens! Definitely a fascinating debate. I guess I'm a believer, at least I hope there was a real Atlantis. In any case, the story is memorable and has much to offer even if we never find the real Atlantis.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      I have always believed that Atlantis existed. I may not have gone into research but my instinct tells me that such a place and civilization once lived this earth.

      Nice debate. Rated 5* Hope you could visit my lenses and become a fan of my fb page . Thanks

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      There actually is enough real scientific information about the ancient world available to us to solve the mystery of Atlantis - so that's what I've done in this 8 minute video:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cvT44vbkhA

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      Heidi 8 years ago from Benson, IL

      Excellent...I think it's likely that Plato's vision was based on older stories of a "Lost Land", which in turn were based on a genuine cataclysmic event. The details don't have to be one hundred percent accurate; but maybe there was really a large island out in the Atlantic that got sank by a massive earthquake in 9600 B.C.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      I'm not sure and you've made me wonder what my teenagers think. I'll have to remember to ask them. Nicely done lens; blessed by a brand-new SquidAngel!

      Brenda

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      Crystal Booth 8 years ago from Stroud, OK

      Atlantis has always interested me. I'm not sure if it existed, but I love reading and hearing about it. Fantastic lens! Blessings :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      If Atlantis were in fact not a metaphorical city of Plato, why is that after Plato, only Donnelly came forward with his idea, a whopping 2000 years later. For us, Humans, anything unexplained, like the aliens, atlantis, life on Mars, is exciting. Although some of them turn out to be true eventually, not all have to necessarily be true.

      My gut says atlantis was Mr. Plato's imagination. and we are all now stuck to his fantasies.

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      SolarFeline 8 years ago

      Great lens! Have always had an interest in Atlantis. Great list of books to reference. Have read some and will definitely read the others. Kudos!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I believe... that God selected Atlantis to go as the dinosaurs went. I believe that man has reached some remarkable levels in the short time we have been here, and what it must have been like the first 3,000 years. I believe God made the Earth that we need to be aware of, 10,000 years ago and anything before this is not our concern. What about in btween The early Chinese, Egyptians and us ?

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Very cool website! Are you aware of the new book, Of Atlantis by Lanaia Lee? This is a great book about the Kingdom of Atlantis before the destruction and the main characters have eternal life and turn up throughout history to play big roles in stuff like The Mayan Doomsday Prophecy and even the Third Reich. Check it out at her website: www.lanaiaslair.com

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Everything about Atlantis doesn't have to be true for it to have existed. I believe Atlantis was an island, not a continent, that existed somewhere in the Aegean Sea, and was destroyed by volcano-earthquake-tsunami combination.

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      Squidoophile 9 years ago

      I am a big fan of this topic, and your ideas are very good, and very attractive lens.

      try to see my debate on are there any extraterrestrial life.

      thanks.

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      bluejewels42 9 years ago

      Wow!! I am just at a loss for words, but I will give it an honest try... Very imformative, once I started reading it was hard to stop, but I will difinately be back tomarrow for more information.

      Very Enlightening.

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great lens for an ancient history buff like me.

      I believe Atlantis dates far back beyond the Greek civilisation, to the dawn of man, before the great flood, the age of the Gods.

      Did the Gods arrive on earth from another planet and create mankind? It explains a lot, and there is plenty of evidence if you open your mind. I have a lens on Zecharia Sitchin, author of The Earth Chronicles which you might find interesting.

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      Ellen Brundige 9 years ago from California

      Great lens! Sorry about holding forth, but it's been a scholarly hobby/focus of mine since the early 80s. :)

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      EelKat13 9 years ago

      great lens! for some reason I've always thought of Atlantis as being In the Mediterranean somewhere near France. No idea how I got that idea in my head.

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      kidgrifter1 9 years ago

      Great lens! I wanted to invite you to join my group: Join my group Monkey Brain!

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I still haven't made up my mind, but you certainly present a lot of great information here. Outstanding job!