‘Atlantis’ spotted on ocean floor off Africa, Turns out not to exist

By | February 20, 2009


THIS is the amazing image which could show the fabled sunken city of Atlantis.

It shows a perfect rectangle the size of Wales lying on the bed of the Atlantic Ocean nearly 3½ miles down.

A host of criss-crossing lines, looking like a map of a vast metropolis, are enclosed by the boundary.

They seem too vast and organised to be caused naturally.

And last night the possibility of an extraordinary discovery had oceanographers and geophysicists captivated.

The site lies 620 miles off the west coast of Africa near the Canary Islands — a location for Atlantis seemingly suggested by the ancient philosopher Plato.

He believed it was an island civilisation sunk by an earthquake and floods around 9,700BC — nearly 12,000 years ago.

The “grid†showed up on Google Ocean, a Google Earth extension that uses a combination of satellite images and marine surveys.

Last night Dr Charles Orser, curator of historical archaeology at New York State University — and one of the world’s leading authorities on Atlantis — called it “fascinatingâ€.

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

The legend of Atlantis has captured the imagination of scholars for centuries. …

via ‘Atlantis’ spotted on ocean floor off Africa | The Sun |News.

Very interesting. I was thinking it was in Indonesia — see my article on Atlantis –, but this is much closer to Plato and to Egypt where the story of Atlantis supposedly originated. It definitely does not look organic. The lines are too straight. It could be a secret underwater military base, or a hiding mothership waiting to release its UFOs … any day now.

Update: The explanation for this is that it is an artifact, something that exists on the map due to the way the map was created, but does not exist in real life.

According to Google, the pattern is an “artifact” of its map making process.

Details for the ocean maps on Google Earth come from sonar measurements of the sea floor  recorded by boats – and the area around the Canaries was mapped by boats travelling in a series of straight lines.

The admission was a blow to Atlantis hunters who are convinced the city still lies undiscovered below the waves.

The grid can be found by anyone using the latest version of Google Earth on their computer. It lies in the Canary Basin, 620 miles west of the Canary islands, and east of the Konstantinov Ridge.

‘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,’ said a spokesman for Google.”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. ‘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.” The perfect rectangle was spotted by a British aeronautical engineer who claimed it looked like a ‘man-made aerial map’ of a city. – dailymail

13 thoughts on “‘Atlantis’ spotted on ocean floor off Africa, Turns out not to exist

  1. silkyray

    I just don’t buy the explanation. If it was artifacts we would see this elsewhere on the maps. Show me the evidence.

  2. Ann

    Indeed, it fits with Plato’s account of the location of Atlantis.

    We don’t know anything about this site or the artifacts that may have originated from it. All we have is this photo which certainly doesn’t look as if caused by natural events. But, given it is the size of Wales and not of a city. It may be the result of natural events and not human-made.

  3. afeder

    I just don’t buy the explanation. If it was artifacts we would see this elsewhere on the maps. Show me the evidence.

    Well, maybe others got the idea of searching this particular place for signs of Atlantis? The artifacts would be a record of their sonar data.

    We don’t know anything about this site or the artifacts that may have originated from it. All we have is this photo which certainly doesn’t look as if caused by natural events. But, given it is the size of Wales and not of a city. It may be the result of natural events and not human-made.

    Your post is a little confusing, Ann – you seem to say the artifacts certainly/i> are not natural, but on the other hand they may be natural … ? Supposedly, the people of Atlantis were highly skilled, so building a city the size of Wales would not be at odds with the legend.

    1. jim

      if you look stightly to east thn slghtly north you will see the pattern google are refering to ,but they do not resemble what the atlantis site looks like

  4. mimi

    if they really found the city they’d be having it all over the news with different artifacts and things from the city shown on tv. you know it would be a huge finding.

    so until that happens i cannot believe this myth…i don’t deny that the city of atlantis exists but at this time…its just way to hard to believe without real evidence.

  5. CaptnRedBeard

    check the whole ocean floor that close and you see lines that go from island to island. you see old now under water cities and pathways. don’t be fooled ice covered the earth once and the ocean was much smaller and shallow. look near the triangle and you will see lines under water that lead from port to port in all major port cities from the old world. it would be safe to say that since we thrive near water any now sunken place, that was near water before sinking, would have people settled near it in towns or even great cities. this is not the first time the earth has started over. and for the record i found this in feb. 12, 09 with a host of other things.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/23/Athanasius_Kircher%27s_Atlantis.gif

    look deeper and give me better tools to work with and ill show you there are things we could have only dreamed of.

    Mr.David Tedder

  6. Outlander999

    Near Canaria Islands there is SOMETHING strange, underwater.
    Seems an enormous city, i discovered it today.
    The same shown here in this website.

    I don’t think that are scan artifacts.
    The Google artifacts seems different…
    Is a priority to inspect the area.

    Atlantis seems to be real.

  7. Rachael

    Send a probe! If it’s possible for the Titanic to be probed, I’m POSITIVE it’s possible for “Atlantis” to be probed.

    PROBE IT! PROBE IT!

  8. darius2025

    I was wondering what you guys thought of this one…
    http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=37.441064,-70.317993&spn=0.604061,1.413116&t=h&z=10

    Or this one… (check out the line heading south-west. note how straight and long it is… and where it leads. Ancient geothermal pipeline?)
    http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=36.606709,-28.443604&spn=4.8852,11.304932&t=h&z=7

    but then again you can plainly see google airbrushes that shit (and who knows what else)…
    http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=39.224275,-75.342178&spn=0.294688,0.706558&t=h&z=11

  9. bored

    Atlantis was supposedly circular. There were many other great cities, temples, etc lost to the sea over time, and this certainly looks like one of them. Definitely not a map artifact…

  10. Sander Clement

    There is nothing there. The lines you think to see are just traces of the mapping system. You can see those lines all over google earth on sea. They are the tracks of the ships that map the ocean floor. It works like this: there is an existing low resolution ocean floor map, that serves as basic layer. On top of this the known high resolution data is projected. The area covered by this detailed data is limited to narrow lanes that the mapping ships take. In this case the ships followed a rectangular pattern, possibly designed to map a certain geology.

    Because this data shows more detail it looks “rougher” then the surrounding low detail ocean floor, as if something is there. But its nothing more then just a sharper image. As soon as all floor is mapped in this way, it will be evident its all just natural.

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