Saturday, February 21, 2009

Fabled City of Atlantis Spotted on Google Earth? - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

It’s probably just site preparation for a new underwater Google data center…

“It’s true that many amazing discoveries have been made in Google Earth, including a pristine forest in Mozambique that is home to previously unknown species and the remains of an ancient Roman villa,” a statement from Google read. “In this case, however, what users are seeing is an artifact of the data collection process. 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.”

Not everyone is buying Google’s explanation: Debates are raging on sites such as Digg and Facebook over the true identity of the watery discovery.

Fabled City of Atlantis Spotted on Google Earth? - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

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