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The alleged image of "Atlantis" in Google Earth's ocean floor maps  (Source: Google Earth)

A British engineer discovered the supposed image of Atlantis, which is located off Africa's coast. Google offered a logical explanation for the seemingly manmade lines, but that isn't stopping some from believing.  (Source: The Sun)
Take this one with a grain of salt, but researchers claim to have found Atlantis off the coast of Africa

Last week Google Earth, which has recently turned its mapping efforts to imaging the ocean floor, created quite a stir, when someone noticed an unusual image on the ocean floor off the coast of Africa.  The blurry image shows a rectangle the size of a small state made up of seemingly perfect straight lines.  More lines crisscross the inside of the rectangle like streets.

The site, located in the Madeira Abyssal Plane, is being hailed by some as being possibly the fabled city of Atlantis.  It was first discovered by a British aeronautical engineer Bernie Bamford.  He states, "It looks like an aerial map of Milton Keynes. It must be man-made."

Google states that the lines are sonar lines based on its imaging techniques, though it could not explain why they stopped or started or featured gaps.  Stated a spokesperson, "Bathymetric (or sea floor terrain) data is often collected from boats using sonar to take measurements of the sea floor.  The lines reflect the path of the boat as it gathers the data. The fact that there are blank spots between each of these lines is a sign of how little we really know about the world’s oceans."

Based on Google's explanation, a possible alternative is that there are deep trenches in the area, which prevented the sonar from escaping.

However, some oceanographers, geophysicists, and other researchers aren't accepting Google's explanation and insist the image might be the long lost city of Atlantis, a staple of Greek mythology.  They point out that the location in Google Earth closely echoes where Greek philosopher Plato claimed Atlantis to be located.  Plato had said that Atlantis was 620 miles of Africa's coast, past the Canary Islands.  He wrote that the land was home to advanced civilization before earthquake and floods sunk it into the sea around 9,700BC — nearly 12,000 years ago.

Dr Charles Orser, curator of historical archaeology at New York State University says that the discovery is "fascinating".  He states, "The site is one of the most prominent places for the proposed location of Atlantis, as described by Plato. Even if it turns out to be geographical, this definitely deserves a closer look."

Given the enthusiasm it seems likely that some will investigate the site further.  However, for now the so-called discovery still seems a questionable one at best.  It does, however, provide Google's ocean mapping efforts with some nice publicity.

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Simple way to figure it out...
By Denithor on 2/23/2009 8:53:05 AM , Rating: 3
Dive! Dive!

RE: Simple way to figure it out...
By Lord 666 on 2/23/2009 9:22:13 AM , Rating: 3
RE: Simple way to figure it out...
By rudy on 2/23/2009 11:23:12 AM , Rating: 5,-...

Here is another more massive civilization.

RE: Simple way to figure it out...
By xii on 2/23/2009 11:40:34 AM , Rating: 2
lol hahahaha, nice one

RE: Simple way to figure it out...
By monomer on 2/23/2009 11:57:28 AM , Rating: 5
That's the lost civilization of Ireland from the time before they invented alcohol.

RE: Simple way to figure it out...
By danrien on 2/23/2009 2:05:25 PM , Rating: 2
talk about being a "soak"

By CollegeTechGuy on 2/25/2009 10:24:29 AM , Rating: 2
lol, is that Family Guy or Futurama?

By FaceMaster on 2/24/2009 9:35:44 PM , Rating: 2
quote:,-... Here is another more massive civilization.

I knew it. Pesky Irish.

RE: Simple way to figure it out...
By rubyxc7 on 2/25/2009 12:46:03 PM , Rating: 3
RE: Simple way to figure it out...
By Kogan on 2/23/2009 11:32:04 AM , Rating: 2
Due to the scale and location of this grid (partially in mountains and not on a submerged island), it is unlikely to be anything man-made. Though of course we can always take more photos of the area to verify :)

What I find interesting is the submerged island on the left side of this picture. This could have very well been above water several thousand years ago, and is large enough to support a small civilization. Anyone have more information on what this is?

RE: Simple way to figure it out...
By Lord 666 on 2/23/2009 11:39:20 AM , Rating: 3
I was actually thinking that there was a road or something between the little island on the right. It appears to be a little diagonal line that runs to Madeira from "Atlantis"

RE: Simple way to figure it out...
By menace on 2/23/2009 5:37:06 PM , Rating: 5
If you actually measure the "blocks" are 10-20 miles wide and the "roads" are a mile wide. Maybe LA can solve it's traffic problems by this model. 500 lane freeways FTW!

By mindless1 on 2/23/2009 6:47:49 PM , Rating: 2
If you have elevated areas and others sinking into the sea, how about a massive river instead of a road?

RE: Simple way to figure it out...
By Ruizit0 on 2/23/2009 10:33:49 PM , Rating: 1
As A Portuguese, I Can't Understand Why Spain Is Shown In The Map. If Those Are Portuguese Waters, Then PORTUGAL Should Appear In The Map.

RE: Simple way to figure it out...
By teldar on 2/24/2009 7:22:19 PM , Rating: 3
I would say the waters are Moroccan. Not Portugese. And Portugal IS shown on the map.

By majorpain on 2/27/2009 7:57:21 AM , Rating: 2
Portugal is shown on the map and tagged as Spain...
And im pretty sure those are inside the portuguese waters:

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