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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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i found atlantis
By fadimo305 on 2/23/2009 9:55:53 AM , Rating: 0
today right now i found atlantis and google is lying theres no way that that is a trench i myself did go underwater and it appeared to have some shapes of buildings and streets. if you want to check it out youreself type this down on google earth and you will find it make a placemark and type this

latitude:31° 6'32.26"N

longitude: 24° 5'24.38"W

RE: i found atlantis
By Dreifort on 2/23/2009 10:24:51 AM , Rating: 3

*Repeat that line 40x with 10 different ppl. Must have watched Sealab 2021 to understand this.

RE: i found atlantis
By Lifted on 2/23/2009 11:34:20 AM , Rating: 2
I'd love to know who the idiot scientists are that actually think this is Atlantis. The size of this "city" is 2x the state of Rhode Island. Those roads or walls or whatever you would like to call them are miles and miles wide. I can't believe this is even considered news.

RE: i found atlantis
By PrinceGaz on 2/23/2009 3:27:35 PM , Rating: 2
But they could be major irrigation trenches to support a lot of intensive farmland near the city itself. Large cities need much larger areas of farmland to support them (usually on plains or grassland). If the sonar map had more detail, they might find ancient mines in the more hilly terrain to the west as they would have been needed to icrease the city's production per turn so they could make full use of their advanced technology research (for the era).

RE: i found atlantis
By Kibbles on 2/23/2009 5:23:11 PM , Rating: 5
Atlantis is a city of magic and super technology! Those are walls for their behemoth robotic gnomes to patrol on. You need big walls to keep all of humanity out.
They obviously failed since Plato got in, broke their waterchip and sank the whole city.

RE: i found atlantis
By grandpope on 2/24/2009 11:18:42 AM , Rating: 2
behemoth robotic gnomes

Isnt this an oxymoron?

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