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Bernie Bamford

Bamford, Bernie

Bernie Bamford, a British aeronautical engineer, got his 15 minutes of fame in 2009 when he reported rectangular images, the size of Wales, on the seafloor 620 miles off the west coast of Africa while browsing Google Earth(a). The images were widely shared on the internet. However, it is claimed that these features were discovered even earlier by Larkin & Cynthia Jones(b).

Google responded, “that the image is merely an artefact of the data collection process, not the city of Atlantis.”

If the lines represented walls or streets, they would have to be a number of kilometres thick or wide, which is not compatible with a city.

A number of satellite images showing underwater anomalies have been claimed as evidence of Atlantis, but so far all have been shown to be the result of faulty data gathering and/or defective analysis of the data.

In July 2021, I was sent a number of images that purported to show anomalous underwater images in the Central Mediterranean, northeast of Malta. At first sight, they appeared to show extensive manmade features. However, further investigation eventually revealed that the images were the consequence of the flawed computer interpretation of sonar data. In December 2021 Luigi Usai produced the same flawed imagery as evidence that he had discovered a lost submerged civilisation!

(a) Has Google Earth Helped Discover The Lost City of Atlantis? (thenextweb.com) (link broken)

(b) Atlantis – Just Another Sea Floor Anomaly? – YouTube

 

Underwater Anomalies

Underwater Anomalies claimed as Atlantis related have been ‘identified’ in recent years on various Google Earth underwater anomalyimages. The one that received the most widespread attention was situated in the Atlantic west of the Canaries. >Bernie Bamford, a British aeronautical engineer, got widespread media coverage in 2009 with this ‘new’ discovery. However, it is claimed that these features were discovered even earlier by Larkin & Cynthia Jones(h).<

The location in question purports to show a gridlike street system. However, the scale involved would suggest ‘streets’ half a mile wide, which even for Atlanteans would have been rather unlikely. Google updated their data with a technical explanation for the anomaly(b). However, Michael Jaye is unwilling to accept Google’s response and has described the gridlike feature to have been the Plain of Atlantis(f). A comparable site(c) near Puerto Rico has been highlighted by Deb Johnson, which can probably be explained similarly.

A slightly different type of image has been spotted in lakes in the Peruvian  Andes(d) as well as Manzanillo Bay in the Dominican Republic(e). These images of shallower waters show a range of rectangular shapes that stop dead where they meet the shore with no continuation on land. Once again I suspect flawed processing of the scanning data.

Apart from the fact that all of the above lack any of the circular features so vividly described by Plato. It is obvious that they cannot all be Atlantis and in all probability none are. No effort has been made to match any of these anomalous images with the topographical details provided by Plato!

>May 2022 saw more nonsense of this ilk in the tabloids, with headlines proclaiming the discovery of a ‘Yellow Brick Road to Atlantis’, north of Hawaii in the Pacific. In fact, the ‘road’ is a recognised volcanic feature and has never been claimed as anything else by its discoverers(i).<

(a) See: https://web.archive.org/web/20160621013352/https://revoseek.com/technology/upgrade-google-earth-disappears-atlantis/

(b) https://www.livescience.com/18308-google-earth-update-erases-atlantis.html

(c) https://www.atlantismystery.com/Atlantis.jpg (offline)

(d) https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_underground23.htm

(e) https://manzanillodigital.blogspot.com/2009/12/lo-que-dice-fianchy-torres-sobre.html

(f) The Explorers Club – Events – NYC – Public Lecture Series feat. Michael Jaye (archive.org)

(g) https://skeptico.blogs.com/skeptico/2009/02/atlantis-not-found-with-google-earth.html

(h) Atlantis – Just Another Sea Floor Anomaly? – YouTube *

(i) Yellow brick road discovered in Pacific Ocean dubbed ‘road to Atlantis’ (hitc.com) *