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Atlantis Found?

Probably not—but an intriguing image resembling the lost, sunken city pops up on Google Ocean

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At BACKPACKER, we have some serious map wonks, but even we wondered exactly why Google decided to map the ocean floor. (Personally, I’ve always wanted to hike the Mariana Trench, but still.)

Now we know: It’s for finding lost civilizations. While scanning Google Maps, a bored English aeronautical engineer spotted bizarre pattern of rectangular, symmetrical lines off the coast of the Canary Islands under almost 18,000 feet of water. Located in the Madeira abyssal plain 600 miles offshore, these lines closely resemble 100-mile long streets. His conclusion? Atlantis!

Don’t put on your flippers and get ready to party with Ariel and Namor just yet, though. Google explains that the lines are probably just sonar lines reflecting the patterns of the criss-crossing boats that mapped the ocean floor. However, the mighty Google doesn’t have an explanation for the mysterious blank spots in between.

Not exactly proof of Atlantis, but intriguing nonetheless. In the end, of course, there’s only one way to find out for sure. I’ll go get my snorkel and floaties.

—Ted Alvarez

Atlantis spotted on ocean floor off Africa (The Sun)

Via The Goat