After being temporarily located—according to some theorists, anyway—courtesy of Google Earth, the legendary city of Atlantis is "lost" again thanks to some bug fixes. Oh, well—at least it wasn't MapQuest-ed.
Ending nearly four years of lingering conspiracy theories, Google has updated a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ocean floor map that seemed to show a complex area of grids in the Atlantic Ocean. Folks looking for the mythical Atlantis, made famous by the Greek philosopher Plato, latched onto the intricate findings and started positing new theories about the supposedly sunken city.
The only problem? The grid was apparently a glitch, and that certain patch of ocean floor is nothing more than your average old boring sea bed. The designs were a byproduct of the new (at the time) sonar method being used by oceanographers, which left the false impression of patterns.
Google acknowledged the error shortly after it was found, but it didn't stop Atlantis fans from holding out hope that the grid was the remnants of something more.
"The original version of Google Ocean was a newly developed prototype map that had high resolution but also contained thousands of blunders related to the original archived ship data," Scripps geophysicist David Sandwell said in a statement reported by Fox News. "UCSD undergraduate students spent the past three years identifying and correcting the blunders."
Though the update officially crushed the dreams of treasure hunters everywhere, Sandwell said it will at least make it easier to plan luxury cruises.
"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," Sandwell said.
So, yeah. There's that.
(Via Fox News).