Google Earth fixes glitch interpreted as Atlantis

Google Earth Update Quashes Atlantis Rumors

The 2009 launch of Google Ocean, an underwater extension of Google Earth, included a grid formation in the Atlantic that prompted many to speculate that the search giant had uncovered the lost city of Atlantis. A recent update to Google Earth, however, has quashed those rumors, according to LiveScience.

The grids weren’t actually the remnants of the famous lost city; rather they appeared as a result of overlapping data sets. Google’s ocean data is created in part from sonar waves, which combined with other types of data, can cause these grids to appear. But Google added new seafloor data from the University of California San Diego’s (UCSD) Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), among other organizations, with a recent update, which resulted in the removal of these lines.

“The original version of Google Ocean was a newly developed prototype map that had high resolution but also contained thousands of blunders related to the original archived ship data,” Scripps geophysicist David Sandwell told LiveScience. “UCSD undergraduate students spent the past three years identifying and correcting the blunders.”

Credit: Tim Farley

Same old story, advocates are looking for anomalies to fit their preconceived conclusion. When will people just accept the fact that Atlantis was likely not a real place, but a hypothetical place Plato used in teachings?

  1 comment for “Google Earth fixes glitch interpreted as Atlantis

  1. February 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    This is similar to a map glitch that was used to promote “Mel’s Hole” some time back:

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