Written by:2009/02/21 10:56 AM
People are in a flury of excitement as Google Earth images show what appears to be a grid of streets on the ocean floor off the coast of Africa.
A brief flurry of excitement among Atlantis hunters was caused by the The Daily Telegraph as they published Google Earth pictures on Friday of an unexplained grid on the seabed 620 miles (1,000 kilometres) off the northwestern coast of Africa.
A so called Atlantis expert said that the grid was located at one of the possible sites of Atlantis The legendary city described and made famous by Greek philosopher Plato. He believed it was an island civilisation sunk by an earthquake and floods around 9,700BC — nearly 12,000 years ago.
The legend of Atlantis has captured the imagination of scholars and the average person for centuries.
In the 1970s it spawned a hit TV series, Man From Atlantis, in which Patrick Duffy played a webbed hero who could live underwater. Later Disney produced two animated tales called "Atlantis". The legend also provides great Sci-Fi material. Recently spawning a new Sci-Fi series from Stargate-SG1, called Stargate Atlantis.
Google, however, was not entirely convinced. They had another explanation. One which probably made more sense.
"It's true that many amazing discoveries have been made in Google Earth -- a pristine forest in Mozambique that is home to previously unknown species, a fringing coral reef off the coast of Australia, and the remains of an Ancient Roman villa, to name just a few," Google said in a statement.
"In this case, however, what users are seeing is an artifact of the data collection process.
"Bathymetric (or seafloor terrain) data is often collected from boats using sonar to take measurements of the seafloor. The lines reflect the path of the boat as it gathers the data," Google said.
0 comment(s) so far...
Do you want to receive blog updates via e-mail. Then just click on the link below. You will be redirected to Google's feed burner, where you can fill out a form. Supplying your e-mail address.
The subscription is managed entirely by Google's Feedburner. We cannot and do not collect your email address.
Subscribe to The Brave Programmer by Email
Sign up with Disqus to enjoy a surprise box of features