Google sinks Atlantis

Google Earth has fixed a fault which gives an accurate position for the lost continent of Atlantis.

A snap on the Google Earth map showed the Atlantic seafloor as having a gridlike pattern that some vigilant users suspected were sunken streets from Atlantis.

Google insisted it was just a data artifact from the sonar method that oceanographers use to map the seafloor.

This week, Google updated the software with new seafloor data from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Needless to day the grid pattern vanished and Atlantis was no longer there.

Now, you could say that the lizards don’t want humans to find the lost city and Google is just obeying orders, but David Sandwell, a Scripps geophysicist, who is not a lizard, told MSN that the original version of Google Ocean was a newly developed prototype which had high resolution but also contained thousands of errors.

It took UCSD undergraduate students the past three years identifying and correcting the blunders, Sandwell said.