The UK-based Sun reported today that an odd-looking “grid-like” structure has been discovered on the ocean floor nearly 620 miles West of the Canary islands at a depth of 3.5 miles. The images, obtained by Google Ocean (see above), have led to speculation that this could be the location of the long-sunken city of Atlantis.

Scholars, historians, and adventurers have long wondered about the possible truths which may lay behind the fabled city, first described by Plato in the documents Timaeus and Critias back in 350 BC. In more modern times, American psychic Edgar Cayce was particularly well-known for his visions regarding the reappearance of Atlantis. In fact, in June of 1940 “the Sleeping Prophet” made a prediction that is usually considered one of his most notable “failures”, where according to Cayce, “Poseidia will be among the first portions of Atlantis to rise again. Expect it in 68 and 69; not so far away…” Gralien Report correspondent Will Beckwith shares that “Nothing much happened in 1968 or 1969 about Atlantis, except for the discovery of the Bimini Wall. However, 1940 to 2009 is sixty nine years.” Has William noticed something that might correct previous assumptions that Cayce’s predicitons were invalid? Was the sleeping Prophet merely misunderstood, rather than mistaken?

On the other end of the spectrum, Google seems to believe there to be a technical explanation for the anomalous images. According to one Google spokeswoman, “what users are seeing is an artefact of the data collection process.

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at

One Reply to “Revelation of the Sleeping Prophet, or “Data Artifacts?””

  1. Do similar lines occur elsewhere on Google’s ocean maps? If they are commonplace, then data artefacts would seem a likely explanation.

    If, however, these marks are unique to this location, that would make it a bit more interesting.

    I do wonder though, if the markings are real, surely they would have been noticed, and investigated, by whoever originally did the sonar scans?

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