Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Google Earth, Atlantis and Canary Basin
First off, it is not Atlantis. That was a major Bronze Age city situated unwisely on the river delta south of present day
facing Gibraltar. Its location was the choke point for
returning trade fleets from the Mediterranean and the copper fleets from the Americas and the tin fleets from . It was the capital of a mercantile empire
whose factories included the palace cities of Britain Athens
and Mycenae and and dozens more. Google this site for detailed postings on
this topic. Gaza
The images are data artifacts related to the ship tracks made to collect the data.
Besides, they are scaled to the size of
. Any real artifacts would be lost in the
A "grid of streets" on the seabed at one of the proposed locations of the lost city of
Atlantis has been
spotted on . Google
The perfect rectangle, which is around the size of Wales, was noticed on the search giant's underwater exploration tool Photo: GOOGLE EARTH
By Matthew Moore 7:18AM GMT 20 Feb 2009
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
noticed on the search giant's underwater exploration tool by an aeronautical
engineer who claims it looks like an "aerial map" of a city. Wales
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
around 9000 BC. Athens
Dr Charles Orser, curator of historical archaeology at
told The Sun that the find was fascinating and warranted further inspection. New York State University
"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
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
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.