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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 theapparition on 2/23/2009 12:51:48 PM , Rating: 2
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.

So Plato also projected the english system of units.

Obviously, not. Rather, that's a broad interpretation of his supposed location based on days travel.

Most current historians agree that they've pretty much found "Atlantis", as a sunken city in the Med.

RE: Wow!
By PrinceGaz on 2/23/09, Rating: -1
RE: Wow!
By HaB1971 on 2/23/2009 6:25:47 PM , Rating: 3
Actually Greece uses km, and 620 miles is almost exactly 1000 km, so what Plato originally wrote (in or around 400BC which was when he lived- he must have predicted the coming of Christ and the introduction of measuring years as AD or BC) was something like:

Ermm... I will have to go with a huge NO on that one. Current day Greece uses the Metric System (crazy, weird numbers to Americans) but the ancient Greek system used measurements based on the length of body parts as was used by the Egyptians. Though the word Meter or Metre as it is correctly spelled is derived from the Greek word Metron meaning 'a measure' it does not indicate the Greeks used that measurement.

Other than Mayonnaise and lovely singing voices (thank you Captain Jack Sparrow) you can blame the French for the metre.

RE: Wow!
By Fritzr on 3/1/2009 3:23:17 PM , Rating: 2
The mile is older than the English system of measure. When the Romans arrived in Britain the mile was 1000 paces. Plato was earlier yet, but translators did what they still do today, they translated the meaurement.

Such a translation is called a conversion and allows such things as setting an electic oven to 'gas 6' a heat setting unknown in most of the world.

The translator says 620 miles. How long is a mile?

What was the actual distance according to Plato? To figure that out, go back to the original text, get the actual measurement and convert to your measure of choice. Nautical miles would be appropriate ;)

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