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Google Atlantis

Posted in Neurologica by Skepdude on February 23, 2009

Atlantis is one of those enduring myths that is so tenacious it provokes speculation about what is it, exactly, that makes it so irresistible. It certainly appeals to the imagination – wondering what an ancient yet advanced civilization might have been like. It also appeals to the little explorer in each of us. At a time when we can go on the computer in our living room and see high quality satellite images of the entire planet it may seem like there is nothing left to explore – no edge of the map beyond which there be dragons. A little mystery can be fun – perhaps there are hidden archaeological and historical treasures to be found, at the bottom of the ocean or under Antarctica, whatever your preference.

Ironically, Bernie Bamford, an aeronautical engineer from Chester, UK, claims he found an aerial map of Atlantis on Google Earth. What he found was what appears to be a atlantis-googlegrid-pattern of lines covering an area about the size of Wales about 620 miles off the coast of West Africa (here are the Google coordinates: 31 15′15.53N 24 15′30.53W. Bamford is quoted as saying that the grid pattern “must be man-made.” Some reports characterize the pattern as “perfect.”

Certainly perfectly straight lines and right angles are not features common in nature and they do indeed suggest a human technological origin. If you look closely at the photo you will see that the lines are not perfect – but to be fair they are close enough that the non-natural argument still holds.


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  1. Hill said, on February 23, 2009 at 11:59 PM

    No sooner did the new ocean bathymetry layer become available than posters at the Google Earth Community Forum begin to post about it. It reminded me of traces of sonar tracking projects I had seen before. I wrote about it here>>> <<< It does trace the route of a sonar search. There are illustrations and links to the published data of a project by the United Kingdom to try to find a deep area in which to dispose of nuclear waste. The truth is scarier than the fiction.

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