Saturday, February 21, 2009

Atlantis or Bust?

There's quite a buzz going on regarding finding what some believe to be the lost city of Atlantis; found on, of all places, Google Earth:(click to enlarge)

The finding, first reported by The Sun, about 200 mi. off the cost of Morocco near the Canary Islands, consists of a series of grids approximately 4,000 square miles in size. Crunchgear reports a Google spokesman as saying:
“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.”
Could be true, but if those lines are caused by boats as they collect bathymetric data, then why aren't there lines all over the place?

One of my favorite shows has been the Stargate series, most notably Stargate Atlantis. It would be pretty cool if life were to imitate art.

At any rate, it could be an interesting project for a guy (or a TV network) with a lot of money and time on hand.

(h/t @netlatch)