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#324896 - 02/22/09 09:34 PM Atlantis Found! ...thanks to Google Ocean
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Stop the presses! Atlantis has been found on Google Ocean, close to the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa.

The rectangle on the ocean floor is too perfect according to scientists in the Telegraph and has been found by a British aeronautical engineer who claims it looks like a 'man-made aerial map' of a city but the Daily Mail writes that they are merely sonar data collected from boats, according to a spokesman for Google.

According to Plato, Atlantis sank into the ocean "in a single day and night of misfortune", after a failed attempt to invade Athens. Dr Charles Orser, curator of historical archaeology at New York State University — and one of the world’s leading authorities on Atlantis — called it “fascinating” in The Sun.

Originally Posted By: Telegraph
Google Ocean: Has Atlantis been found off Africa?

A "grid of streets" on the seabed at one of the proposed locations of the lost city of Atlantis has been spotted on Google Ocean.

The network of criss-cross lines is 620 miles off the coast of north west Africa near the Canary Islands on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.

The perfect rectangle – which is around the size of Wales – was noticed on the search giant's underwater exploration tool by an aeronautical engineer who claims it looks like an "aerial map" of a city.

The underwater image can be found at the co-ordinates 31 15'15.53N 24 15'30.53W.

Last night Atlantis experts said that the unexplained grid is located at one of the possible sites of the legendary island, which was described by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato.

According to his account, the city sank beneath the ocean after its residents made a failed effort to conquer Athens around 9000 BC.

Dr Charles Orser, curator of historical archaeology at New York State University told The Sun that the find was fascinating and warranted further inspection.

"The site is one of the most prominent places for the proposed location of Atlantis, as described by Plato," the Atlantis expert said. "Even if it turns out to be geographical, it definitely deserves a closer look."

Bernie Bamford, 38, of Chester who spotted the "city", compared it to the plan of Milton Keynes, the Buckinghamshire town built on a grid design. "It must be man made," he said.

Google Ocean, an extension of Google Earth, allows web users to virtually explore the ocean with thousands of images of underwater landscapes.

Launched earlier this month, it lets users swim around underwater volcanoes, watch videos about exotic marine life, read about nearby shipwrecks, contribute photos and watch unseen footage of historic ocean expeditions.

The legend of Atlantis has excited the public imagination for centuries. In recent years "evidence" of the lost kingdom has been found off the coast of Cyprus and in southern Spain.

Plato described it as an island "larger than Libya and Asia put together" in front of the Pillars of Hercules - the Straits of Gibraltar. He said Atlantis was a land of fabulous wealth, advanced civilisation and natural beauty destroyed by earthquakes and floods 9,000 years earlier.

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#324901 - 02/22/09 10:22 PM Re: Atlantis Found! ...thanks to Google Ocean [Re: Short]
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If it was a city the size of Wales, that's many, many times bigger than the biggest city in the world today. That doesn't seem probable.

#324904 - 02/22/09 10:51 PM Re: Atlantis Found! ...thanks to Google Ocean [Re: Peter Jones]
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Originally Posted By: Peter Jones
That doesn't seem probable.

I'm sure that you're aware that mythology's currency is the improbable. On the other hand, mythology can be a lot of fun.

"Facts are the enemy of Truth"
Don Quixote

#324906 - 02/22/09 11:04 PM Re: Atlantis Found! ...thanks to Google Ocean [Re: Dan Carey]
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i just started a book by David Gibbons called "Atlantis".
so far, so good. i like history!
kinda done 'divinci code' style.


#324909 - 02/22/09 11:12 PM Re: Atlantis Found! ...thanks to Google Ocean [Re: Peter Jones]
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Peter, Plato described Atlantis as an island "larger than Libya and Asia put together" in front of the Pillars of Hercules - the Straits of Gibraltar. It had conquered many parts of Western Europe and Africa, who are we to argue with the old man?

See also this 17th century (upside down) map:

Athanasius Kircher's map of Atlantis, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
From Mundus Subterraneus 1669, published in Amsterdam.
The map is oriented with south at the top.
Live and let live

#324912 - 02/22/09 11:27 PM Re: Atlantis Found! ...thanks to Google Ocean [Re: Short]
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Yes, but that's the island. What seems to have been discovered is a grid of what appears to be streets and is the size of Wales, which would mean the city was that large.

#324914 - 02/22/09 11:33 PM Re: Atlantis Found! ...thanks to Google Ocean [Re: Short]
ragman Offline
Lost City of Atlantis Not Found on Google Earth


But Google has denied saying that the lines represented sonar data collected from boats

The jury may still be out on this one
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