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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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By ice456789 on 2/23/2009 9:02:22 AM , Rating: 0
Speaking of Lost, I quit watching after about the 4th episode. Did they ever say what the monster (dinosaur?) was that was chasing them? Why were there polar bears?

By Dreifort on 2/23/2009 10:15:22 AM , Rating: 2
there were not the only ones "lost" on the island. A transport plane carrying animals from NY also crashed on that island.

Rumor has it the animals are thought to be "New York giants".

By TheDoc9 on 2/23/2009 10:21:47 AM , Rating: 1
I made it through the first season. After the guy in the underground bunker riding a bike and resetting the timer I'd had enough.

By PhoenixKnight on 2/23/2009 1:40:52 PM , Rating: 3
Now they're traveling back and forth through time, against their control.


No, seriously. I'm not kidding.

By The Sly Syl on 2/23/2009 2:04:56 PM , Rating: 5
The monster is some sort of cloud thingy and the best explanation we've had so far is that it is a "defense system" guarding a temple hidden deep within the island. It also apparently can read memories (or similar).

The polar bear was explained as one of the variety of tests the Dharma Initiative was conducting on the island. (A group of researchers who lived on the island already; and had been there for nearly 30 years). The islands strange properties lead them to see if they could adapt polar bears to a warmer climate among many other far more interesting research.

This season of LOST has been absolutely spectacular.

By psyph3r on 2/23/2009 6:24:57 PM , Rating: 2
You sir have severely missed out. I thought the first season was rather cheesy and dumb. However, it has blossomed into an amazing show.

By meepstone on 2/25/2009 2:07:13 PM , Rating: 2
Lost never had any appeal to me. If they cant entice you from the beginning then they kinda messed up.

sidenote: 24 is the best show!

By Azsen on 2/27/2009 5:30:26 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget Stargate SG-1 the longest running Sci-Fi show. Or Atlantis. Or Battlestar Gallactica. Or Prison Break!

By Spuke on 2/27/2009 6:45:34 PM , Rating: 2
And John Locke was killed off the island but showed up back on the island back in the 70's or whatever. Crazy TV show. Reminds me of a quote from one of those old Foghorn Leghorn cartoons, "I'd better not look, I just might be in there".

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