Atlantis ? Credit: Crunchgear
Has Google Earth finally tracked Atlantis? This photo showing what looks like a man-made grid of streets 620 miles off the northwestern coast of Africa seems to suggest so.
The location of the lines appears to correspond with historical accounts that place Atlantis near today's Morocco and Canary Islands;
In White -- The supposed Atlantean Empire
Google, however, offered another explanation.
"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
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. The fact that there are blank spots between each of these lines is a sign of how little we really know about the world’s oceans."
So there you go. No Atlantis, at least, for now.