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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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polar recession
By William Gaatjes on 2/28/2009 8:42:14 AM , Rating: 2
It is very possible atlantis lies under a thick sheet of ice...

I once saw a documentary where it is claimed the earth does not switch or moves it's magnetic poles. But it is the earth crust in it's whole that has moved in the past. It can also be a combination of both since it is all theory. It seems the earth crust floates and moves at a constant rate having so much momentum it is pretty stable. But some natural event like an ice age where the ice is concentrated on 1 position can make the crust wobble. Or an impact of an asteroid could also have enough energy to wobble the crust around. This way parts of the planet that where pretty hostile to live on become oases and oases become deserts or iceplains. In the past water level was a lot lower and more land was available. This is al theory mind you. Feel free to do some digging. I know i will. I want to find out if it is possible to debunk this theory with sattelite data about the magnetic poles. If not, atlantis might be to be found more south approximating antartica. There have been centuries old maps, maps with longitudinal accuracy long before we where able to do so that show there was once land on antartica. Seek for the following :

Here 10 statues have been found of people with negroid features and prominent pictures of people with Caucasian features. Search for the olmecs. Piramyd architectures and mummification. Side note : In egypt mummies, traces of plants have been found that only grow in south america for as far as we know. You have to do some more digging to verify the information on this site :

The accuracy of the stones used for the buildings is enormous. And they where able to make metal parts by using melting ovens.

Maya, Inca, Olmecs, Egyptians... All of a sudden these societies suddenly gain a lot of knowledge but still seems barbaric at the same time. Why... And maybe, just maybe it was around the same time atlantis dissapeared...

RE: polar recession
By William Gaatjes on 2/28/2009 8:48:14 AM , Rating: 1
I forgot to mention 10 tons statues and Tiahuanacu is estimated to be 17000 years old. And take into account all past civilizations mention a flood, ice age , drought. And then afcourse you get wars because of food shortages. It all fit with what religous people claim when reading the bible with respect of the arc of noah. It seems the old testament was not entirely original... But that is my opinion.

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