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February 23, 2009

Verdict: Atlantis Still Lost

Unpack your bags, and cancel your spring break submarine trip to Atlantis. Turns out Google Ocean didn’t actually find the lost city after all. As I mentioned briefly in last Friday’s Scanner, the area in question is near the Canary Islands, where a grid-like pattern on the ocean floor had folks dreaming of ancient roads. The pattern is “almost certainly an artifact of the mapping process. The underwater images for Google’s ocean maps come from multiple sonar measurements of the ocean floor. (Unlike Google Earth which relies on satellite imagery to show the surface only.) The area in question was mapped by boats travelling in a series of straight lines, and the “grid” merely shows the route taken by those mapping boats.”Bummer!