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  1. #1 What is this formation? 
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    I found a strange formation in the ocean floor just off the West Coast in Google Earth. I wanted to attach a kmz file so you guys could easily find the formation on Google Earth, but the retarded attachment manager on this forum doesn't accept kmz files.
    Coordinates are Latitude: 3342'17.31"N, Longitude: 118 5'39.22"W It's just off-shore, slightly South of Seal Beach.
    What the heck would cause such a formation? Man made, perhaps? Seems like there's a lot of right angles to be naturally occurring.


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    strange indeed ... i don't know


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    are you looking at the depressions in the topography of the ocean floor at that point?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleoichneum View Post
    are you looking at the depressions in the topography of the ocean floor at that point?
    Yes, the one that looks like three connected rectangles.
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    They could also be elevated rather than depressions. In fact, since they appear to be quite shallow (otherwise they would not be illuminated by the sun) and the sun direction is to the south, thry prabably are.

    Artificial reefs?

    Interestingly, when I scrolled through all the individual time stamped photos (to find out when it apppeared), I could not find that image again.
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    They are depressions on the floor which is artificially stitched into the map. I would not count on the actual topography to be that angular, and would guess the depressions are more rounded in outline. The satellite mapping software has been known to create odd geometric patterning in the ocean floor maps at times. I would guess the depressions are the result of either a low rate of deposition in that area (no major rivers or streams inflowing along the coast there) or a result of strata loss by dissolving or erosion.
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