The National Ocean Service, has a minor problem they wish to address. While ‘navigating’ the ocean floor in Google Earth, countless amateur oceanographers have emailed the service thinking they, by chance, ‘discovered‘ the lost city of Atlantis. Alas, while the strange grid-like patterns they found were in fact created by humans, the patterns were not the result of ancient developers of lost civilizations but, rather, are only made of data. In other words, there are no physical lines on the ocean floor. These lines are artifacts of the ocean floor mapping process.
Thanks to a recent update to ocean data in the Google Earth application, the computer data error has been fixed, the grid lines “erased” and, once again, the city of Atlantis is lost.
NOAA expects fewer inquiries regarding this mysterious, lost, underwater civilization…though we know some of you will still keep looking.