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Pacific Island vanishes and scientists find no trace of it

Pacific Island vanishes and scientists find no trace of it
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November 22, 2012 - A South Pacific island, shown on marine charts and world maps as well as on Google Earth, does not exist, Australian scientists say.

The supposedly sizeable strip of land, named Sandy Island on Google maps, was positioned midway between Australia and French-governed New Caledonia.

But when scientists from the University of Sydney went to the area, they found only the blue ocean of the Coral Sea.


The phantom island has featured in publications for at least a decade.

Scientist Maria Seton, who was on the ship, said that the team was expecting land, not 1,400m (4,620ft) of deep ocean.

"We wanted to check it out because the navigation charts on board the ship showed a water depth of 1,400m in that area - very deep," Dr Seton, from the University of Sydney, told the AFP news agency after the 25-day voyage.

"It's on Google Earth and other maps so we went to check and there was no island. We're really puzzled. It's quite bizarre.

"How did it find its way onto the maps? We just don't know, but we plan to follow up and find out."

Australian newspapers have reported that the invisible island would sit within French territorial waters if it existed - but does not feature on French government maps.

Australia's Hydrographic Service, which produces the country's nautical charts, says its appearance on some scientific maps and Google Earth could just be the result of human error, repeated down the years.

What do you think?






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( via bbc.co.uk )



5 comments

  • Thenew2010#

    Thenew2010 wrote November 24, 2012 6:23:33 PM CET

    Nowadays, I am seeing too many people jump into conclusion too fast. They suspected or hoaxing of every damn natural disasters or human error related events as alien's related.
    HERE IS YOUR ANSWER:
    The 'Lost' Island That Maps Made Up
    for more infos:
    http://news.yahoo.com/lost-island-maps-made-103222703--abc-news-topstori...

  • Flyingsaucerman#

    Flyingsaucerman wrote November 23, 2012 8:38:39 PM CET

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  • Spikey#

    Spikey wrote November 23, 2012 6:22:01 PM CET

    @Thenew2010...the sea level isn'y going to rise 1,400 meters mate!

    If it was a near the surface, but undersea mountain...there wouldn't be thousands of feet deep sea where the mountain top would be...can't be that.

    And Nadgers is right...these are based on satellite images, or from images made by aircraft flying over land.

    How could it be human error?

    Perhaps...it was never an island..but a massive craft?

  • Thenew2010#

    Thenew2010 wrote November 22, 2012 8:46:59 PM CET

    we human calling them as Islands but in fact that they are just the top of an underwater hill or mountain that risen atop of water. Either the level of water raised above it suddenly or there was an underwater earthquake that folded in that part of land and the land just dispersed underneath the water. There is no such thing as a piece of land had vanished nor disappeared.

  • Nadgers#

    Nadgers wrote November 22, 2012 4:37:17 PM CET

    Very weird... Looked at it on Google Maps and it's about 15 miles long with 3 miles at widest part. Don't buy the human error theory as it's on a satellite photograph, not a copied drawing.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20442487

 
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