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The tabloid newspapers are full of it, some here in the UK even have the Google Ocean image on the front page. Hardly surprising when you consider that it would appear the Google mapping app has discovered the mythical underwater city of Atlantis.

The image, taken from the recently launched Google Ocean application, shows a grid of lines in a perfect rectangle about the size of the country of Wales. It was spotted by British aeronautical engineer Bernie Bamford, 600 miles off the west coast of Africa. It just so happens that the Madeira Abyssal Plane, off the coast of Morocco, is also a prime possible location for the Lost City of Atlantis according to experts in the subject.

Atlantis is said to have sunk without trace some 9000 years ago, and pretty much ever since people with more time on their hands than is good for them have been trying to find it.

So can Atlantis believers finally shake off their nutball image with the discovery of this proof? Well, no, sorry nutballs but the answer is a resounding no.

A Google spokesperson has apparently confirmed that what you are actually seeing here is just an artefact of the data collection process, explaining: "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."

As Editorial Director and Managing Analyst with IT Security Thing I am putting more than two decades of consulting experience into providing opinionated insight regarding the security threat landscape for IT security professionals. As an Editorial Fellow with Dennis Publishing, I bring more than two decades of writing experience across the technology industry into publications such as Alphr, IT Pro and (in good old fashioned print) PC Pro. I also write for SC Magazine UK and Infosecurity, as well as The Times and Sunday Times newspapers. Along the way I have been honoured with a Technology Journalist of the Year award, and three Information Security Journalist of the Year awards. Most humbling, though, was the Enigma Award for 'lifetime contribution to IT security journalism' bestowed on me in 2011.

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