Talk about hype and conspiracy theory! At some point yesterday I received an email saying Atlantis had been found on Google Earth! Unbelievable I thought as I rushed to launch Google Earth and enter the coordinates 31 15’15.53N 24 15’30.53W – to my surprise it indeed did look like a road or street system on the sea bed. But, after zooming in and out a bit to get my bearings, I realised that if this really was evidence of an ancient road system or street plan, then the Atlantians must have be huge!

Atlantis?

Atlantis? Probably not as the roads or streets would be huge! Note 30 mile long Madeira, top right.

If you look at the screen grab above, you will see the alleged Atlantis at the bottom left. It is worth noting similar lines near the middle and to the right, but more interestingly is the islands near the top right. That’s Madeira, the largest island of the Portuguese archipelago and approximately 30 miles (57 km) long by 13 miles (22 km) wide.

Putting that into perspective makes it hard to believe that this could be Atlantis, no matter how hard you try. Shame though, as it is near one of the most likely locations (see Location hypotheses of Atlantis).

What does Google say? Well to quote the last paragraph from CNET, and because I don’t really want to waist my time with this anymore:

When it comes to Atlantis, Google totally had to rain on everyone’s parade. “It’s true that many amazing discoveries have been made in Google Earth, including a pristine forest in Mozambique that is home to previously unknown species and the remains of an ancient Roman villa,” a statement from Google read. “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.”

External Links (there are loads! Go search):
OMG! Did Google Earth find Atlantis?
Google rejects Atlantis discovery claims
Google Ocean: Has Atlantis been found off Africa?
Google dismisses ‘Atlantis find’
Lost city of Atlantis found on Google Earth?