Published:10:24 AM - 02-16-11
A “grid of streets” on the seabed of the Atlantic ocean, at one of the proposed locations of the lost city of Atlantis, has been spotted on Google Ocean, reports The Telegraph. The network of criss-cross lines is 620 miles off the coast of north west Africa near the Canary Islands.
The perfect rectangle — which is about the size of Wales — was noticed on the search giant’s underwater exploration tool by an aeronautical engineer who claims it looks like an “aerial map” of a city.
The perfect rectangle,(inset) about the size of Wales, can be found at the co-ordinates 31 15’15.53N 24 15’30.53W - 620 miles off the coast of N Africa
The underwater image can be found at the co-ordinates 31 15’15.53N 24 15’30.53W. Google Ocean, an extension of Google Earth, allows web users to virtually explore the ocean with thousands of images of underwater landscapes.
Launched earlier this month, it lets users swim around underwater volcanoes, watch videos about exotic marine life, read about shipwrecks, contribute photos and watch unseen footage of historic ocean expeditions.
On Wednesday, Atlantis experts said that the unexplained grid is located at one of the possible sites of the legendary island, which was described by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato. According to his account, the city sank beneath the ocean after its residents made a failed effort to conquer Athens around 9000 BC.
Dr Charles Orser, curator of historical archaeology at New York State University told The Sun that the find was fascinating and warranted further inspection.
“The site is one of the most prominent places for the proposed location of Atlantis, as described by Plato,” the Atlantis expert said. “Even if it turns out to be geographical, it definitely deserves a closer look.”
The legend of Atlantis has excited the public imagination for centuries. Plato described it as an island “larger than Libya and Asia put together” in front of the Pillars of Hercules — the Strait of Gibraltar.
He said Atlantis was a land of fabulous wealth, advanced civilisation and natural beauty destroyed by earthquakes and floods 9,000 years earlier.
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