Google Earth erases alleged Atlantis
Now new sea floor data added to the maps by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the NOAA have erased all traces of what some theorized was the fabled city (see bottom map at right). The grid, say scientists, was not evidence of a city, but merely an area of overlapping data sets.
"The Google map now matches the map used in the research community, which makes the Google Earth program much more useful as a tool for planning cruises to uncharted areas," Scripps geophysicist David Sandwell tells LiveScience.
Though it may not be as useful for those seeking, umm, Atlantis.
According to Plato, the city of Atlantis was a powerful island state that conquered many other civilizations around 9,000 BC. The story goes that the city supposedly sank into the Atlantic in "a single day and night of misfortune" after an unsuccessful attempt to invade Athens.
Many historians consider the island to be a fictional place created by Plato. Others, obviously, believe the allegedly advanced civilization existed and have hypothesized its location as being everywhere from the Mediterranean to the Bermuda Triangle.