Has the lost City of Atlantis been spotted on Google Earth?

“Through violent earthquakes and floods, in a single day and night of misfortune … [the whole race] … was swallowed up by the Earth and the island of Atlantis … disappeared into the depths of the sea.” – Plato.

An interpretation of Atlantis according to Greek philosopher Plato
An interpretation of Atlantis according to Greek philosopher Plato

Perhaps the biggest archeological discovery in the history of mankind would be the discovery of the lost city-continent of Atlantis, described by Plato in his famous work titled ‘Dialogues’. According to Plato, the story of Atlantis was passed to him by his grandfather, who in turn, heard the story about ancient Atlantis from an Athenian statesman called Solon who learned about the existence of Atlantis from an Egyptian priest who claimed that Atlantis existed nine thousand years ago before that.

Ever since Plato mentioned the incredible city-continent for the first time, theories about Atlantis’ location and existence have been proposed by many researchers around the globe. While many people firmly believe Atlantis is somewhere out there hidden beneath the vast oceans of our planet, there are those who believe that Atlantis could, in fact, be Antarctica, while others believe Atlantis was in fact part of the Minoan Civilization or located somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle. However, there are those who believe Atlantis is right there, located where Plato described the ancient city-continent to be: “Beyond the Pillars of Hercules and within the Ocean of Atlas there lies Atlantis – rich in wisdom, power, and wealth.”

A mighty power which unprovoked made an expedition against the whole of Europe and Asia. This power came forth out of the Atlantic Ocean” from “an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Heracles.” (Timaeus by Plato; translation by Benjamin Jowett [BJ]) (source)

Until today, there has been no solid evidence that supports that this ‘mythological city’ ever existed. But, a video posted on YouTube claims to have spotted mysterious formation on the bottom of the Ocean floor, formations that do not lock like natural formations. Could this be where the mighty empire of Atlantis once existed?

According to the video, at a depth of over 4500 meters, lie the remains of the mythical city of Atlantis. You can check out the alleged sunken city by entering the following coordinates into Google Earth: 31 24 25. 58” N 24 32 09. 08” W.

There, you will find a number of mysterious straight lines, forming intricate geometric patterns which according to many, indicate the presence of structures hidden deep beneath the ocean floor. However, there is one slight problem with the discovery. In all of the accounts about Atlantis, Plato described the ancient city-state to be composed of several ‘rings’, and not a series of straight lines like we see in the video.

Plato’s descriptions of Atlantis clearly indicate the ‘shape’ of the alleged city:

“[117d] And after crossing the three outer harbors, [117e] one found a wall which began at the sea and ran round in a circle, at a uniform distance of fifty stades from the largest circle and harbor, and its ends converged at the seaward mouth of the channel. The whole of this wall had numerous houses built on to it, set close together; while the sea-way and the largest harbor were filled with ships and merchants coming from all quarters, which by reason of their multitude caused clamor and tumult of every description and an unceasing din night and day.” – Critias by Plato; translations by R.G. Bury unless otherwise noted.” (source)

Optimized-Atlantis Ocean

From the translation, we understand that Atlantis was, in fact, a wall that fully encircled the mythical ancient city, with a series of additional circles with a diameter of around 5 kilometers.

But if the coordinates of Google Earth do not show the lost city of Atlantis… is it possible that we are looking at another ‘lost’ city?

Around the globe, there are numerous sunken cities that have been discovered recently. One of the most noteworthy is, in fact, the ancient city of Heraklion which was just like Atlantis, believed to be a myth all the way until its discovery. The ancient city of Heraklion was known to many ancient Greek philosophers, among them Herodotus, who referred to this ancient city in numerous of his writings, although the existence of this city wasn’t proven until the nineteenth century. Among the Egyptians and Greek, the city was referred to as Heraklionpor Thonis.

Many large cities just like Heraklion, Alexandria and Canoups were destroyed by catastrophic natural disasters, so it isn’t improbable that the coordinates are showing us, the remains of a lost city.

But, what if the coordinates on Google Earth are not displaying a sunken city? What if the mysterious geometrical patterns are in fact nothing at all?

On February 2009, poposci.com posted an interesting article regarding the anomalous geometric patterns are seen on Google Earth, debunking the alleged finding.

According to the article, Walter Smith of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and David Sandwell of Scripps Institution of Oceanography believe ‘the marks are actually “ship tracks” created during the process of echosounding’. However, many others don’t seem to agree with this theory, saying that there are numerous other intricate geometric shapes found on our planet’s ocean floor which seem to indicate the presence of prehistoric, ‘pre-flood’ structures that were wiped out in the distant past by huge cataclysmic floods.

Interestingly, Smith and Sandwell believe that if we really were to find Atlantis, it would be hard to achieve it with the help of Satellites, since according to the duo, human-made structures are not big enough in order to be measured that way. They propose that for around 2 BILLION US dollars, we could probably map the entire ocean floor of our planet with ships, and that way, possibly discover Atlantis, and other ‘lost’ ancient civilizations.

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  1. What you’ve always have to keep in mind when looking for patterns on ocean floors in Google Earth, is that the ocean floor has been scanned for just about 1%. Google Earth updates their database with every new scan from an oceanographic vessel. These vessels travel in logical patterns, creating seemingly ‘artificial constructions’ on the ocean floor. These ships travel in straight lines, and that’s what we are seeing here as well.

    The size of this patterns is about 60×60 miles. That’s a big city.

    Plato suggested it was in circles. I rather believe Plato above anything else. When someone finds circular patterns on ocean floors, you’ve hit the jackpot. Why? because these ships don’t scan in circles, and Plato suggested Atlantis was circular.

    1. I completely agree with you. But, while everyone wants to find Atlantis or at least indications of it, in recent years, it has become accepted that Plato’s Atlantis could have been an invention, and nothing more.

      On the other hand I believe there are numerous ancient ‘sunken’ cities hidden around the globe.

      1. Yes there are many cities that are obviously hidden from view. How many civilization have come and gone? I’m not a scholar but it is evident that we are not the first. Nor will we be the last! I cannot believe that we are immune to the ravages of nature and from other world interactions that may have gone a wry, to believe we are immune is arrogance and one of the mechanism for self destruction, perhaps we should look more closely at the direction in which our current situation is taking the whole of the”civilization” we are heading in their direction? ! Why is the big question. Why are roared they no longer here? Next is what, what caused their demise! Peace and harmony surround us but we refuse to accept that because of Greed, Power, and the list goes on, emotional insecurity will do our own citizens into the archives for the future residents of the planet, the archeological students will be amazed at our incompetence? ! Why? What? Who? Where? All done!

  2. Atlantis is not that hard to see if you know where to look.

    I find it a bit ironic that you show a representation of Atlantis as it was legended to be, and actually was close to, but you show the satellite image that is a set of square blocks. How do you figure?

    You can’t see the island nation proper, but what is visible are the tailings, left by the individual that undermined the entire island by tunneling under the island in a fruitless search for gold. His name was “Ausperious”.

    The island was in the Mediterranean and laid to the west of and included Corsica.

    East of Corsica in the tyrrhenian sea, there are visible tailings that he dumped in his secret quest.

    You can search for the posting I did that explains it more in depth, on Google+. I already know this junk and its kind of redundant to me.

    You, on the other hand, haven’t worked your way through the difference between a circle and a square.

  3. Atlantis is santorini, greece.
    is not a mystery once you do the research.

    1. I have traveled there and seen the city with my own eyes. It is a remarkable find and one that proves that a very advanced culture lived in the region before the eruption that destroyed the majority of the island and sank it into the depths of the sea.

  4. Why does no one ever link the original mexico city to atlantis. According to histrorical records it was a circular city with houses on the walls.

    1. mexico ? c’mon, there’s is stories about atlantis and horses, and the horses were introduced in america by the spanish conquistadores, just cause of this fact, we can exclude que america continent of have atlantis.

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