Atlantis spotted

Published on: Mon, Feb 23, 2009
Tags: internet, atlantis, google earth
Courtesy: bits.blogs.nytimes.com - February 20th

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The launch of Google’s much celebrated globetrotting software, Google Earth, followed the discovery of a treasure trove of odd findings, which include unique images of anthropomorphic landmasses and giant pink bunnies.

But does that include the mythical city of Atlantis, depicted by Greek philosopher Plato?

Well, it seems there are chances, as British aeronautical engineer Bernie Bamford sighted a mystifying grid of undersea lines as he was browsing through Google Earth’s new underwater search tool. He spotted the strange pattern off the western coast of Africa, in fact near one of the possible sites of the renowned island.

According to reliable sources from CNet, Google has waved-off claims that link the strange pattern to the fabled sunken city. They said, “The criss-cross pattern of lines were remnants of sonar-equipped boats collecting data from the ocean floor”.

A statement from Google read, “It’s true that many amazing discoveries have been made in Google Earth, including a pristine forest in Mozambique that is home to previously unknown species and the remains of an ancient Roman villa. In this case, however, what users are seeing is an artifact of the data collection process. 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.”

Not everyone is ready to accept Google’s explanation of the true identity of this watery discovery. Debates about this, are still going on in Digg, Facebook and similar sites.

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