Atlantis spotted on Google Earth?

I couldn’t miss this one. It didn’t take long  after Google released its seafloor imagery to its Earth and Maps products for someone to claim the discovery of nothing less than Atlantis itself! Ah, and again it wasn’t me…

Take a closer look at the Atlantic Ocean floor area:


On the left, a grid-like structure is clearly visible. I also spotted a similar “grid” east of the main one (yes, I called it!) and some more off the west coast of Ireland.

However, it may all be a false alarm. Google said that:

 “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.”

I’m keeping my fingers crossed though. I’m waiting for Discovery Channel, bounty hunters and reality showmen to swarm the place now as I think this patch of open ocean is international waters. Finders keepers!