“Evidence” of Lost City of Atlantis Erased from Google Earth

“Evidence” of Lost City of Atlantis Erased from Google Earth

“Evidence” of Lost City of Atlantis Erased from Google Earth

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Feb. 6 2012 5:00 PM

“Evidence” of Lost City of Atlantis Erased from Google Earth

Sorry treasure hunters, the lost City of Atlantis will remain lost, even if you’re looking for it on Google.

Google Earth’s seafloor map has been updated with new data this week from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other groups, erasing a mysterious grid pattern off the coast of West Africa.

The fact or fiction of Atlantis, an ancient city and naval superpower mentioned in Plato’s dialogues, has long been debated. Enthusiasts hoped the vague underwater grid, nearly the size of Wales and about 620 miles west of the Canary Islands, could represent streets of the lost city.

Google quickly answered rumors when the grid was first pointed out in 2009, saying the lines merely represented overlaps of datasets. And new data erased the grid in a matter of hours—just like the quick and complete fate of Atlantis itself.

You can keep the scuba gear, guys. Just don’t put it on yet.   

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.