Monday, 23 February 2009

Poetic Places (1): Atlantis mapped by Google Earth

I was intrigued to read on The Right Perspective site that Atlantis has finally shown up (or so some believe) on Google Earth. A convincing town grid of street-like lines can be seen underwater some 600 miles off the Canary Islands. In the past Atlantis has often been associated with the Greek island of Santorini, known in ancient times as Thera.

The legendary kingdom features in numerous literary accounts and has been a source of speculation for centuries. The first mention of Atlantis can be found in Plato's Dialogues. It features in the Catalan poem, L'Atlàntida (1877) by Jacint Verdaguer. Captain Nemo explored the remains of Atlantis with Professor Aronnax in 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Uncle Andrew was given a box decorated with symbols of Atlantis in The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis.

What are your views on this latest 'discovery'? Is it just the result of a technical hitch on Google?

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