21 February 2009

Googling Atlantis

Google has had to dampen excited proclamations that Google Earth reveals Atlantis. Google Earth's map of the ocean includes an apparent series of shapes in the Atlantic Ocean about 600 miles from Africa. However, Google says these don't represent the lost city; rather, "what users are seeing is an artefact 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" (BBC).

While I'm somewhat averse to Atlantis stories (thanks in large part to folks like Graham Hancock and Erik Von Daniken), I admit that the discovery of the city's location would be way cool.

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