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article imageGoogle denies it is 'Atlantis'

By Chris V. Thangham     Feb 21, 2009 in Environment
Google said in a statement the discovery yesterday in Google Earth was not “Atlantis” and is still lost in the sea. The lines represent the sonar data collected from boats.
Many were enthusiastic yesterday after an engineer from England spotted the “Atlantis” site on the sea floor about 960 km (600 miles) using Google Earth.
The man found a grid of streets decidedly man-made because the lines were straight. Some thought the man finally discovered the fabled city noted by the Greek philosopher, Plato, who was the first and the only one to describe the famous lost city more than 2,000 years ago. There is no other recorded history of Atlantis.
But Google today downed all hopes when they said the grid of lines don’t belong to the “Atlantis city”, they are just lines made from sonar data collected by the boats. You can see the spot in the picture below from Google Maps:
Grid of Streets believed to be from Atlantis.
Grid of Streets believed to be from Atlantis.
The statement read the following:
"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,"
Google said the lines represent the path of the boats when it gathers the sonar data.
The history buffs shouldn’t get their hopes dashed because of this, they should keep digging Google Earth data and others and maybe next time they may find the actual data proving Plato's theory.
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