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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:42 AM

South Pacific Sandy Island 'proven not to exist'

South Pacific Sandy Island 'proven not to exist'


A South Pacific island, shown on marine charts and world maps as well as on Google Earth and Google Maps, 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.

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A spokesman from the service told Australian newspapers that while some map makers intentionally include phantom streets to prevent copyright infringements, that was was not usually the case with nautical charts because it would reduce confidence in them.


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

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Reply South Pacific Sandy Island 'proven not to exist' (Original post)
The Straight Story Nov 2012 OP
geckosfeet Nov 2012 #1
graham4anything Nov 2012 #2
GeorgeGist Nov 2012 #3
Uncle Joe Nov 2012 #9
jberryhill Nov 2012 #4
pinboy3niner Nov 2012 #6
RC Nov 2012 #5
morningglory Nov 2012 #7
zbdent Nov 2012 #8
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #10
Posteritatis Nov 2012 #16
Aristus Nov 2012 #11
longship Nov 2012 #12
Peio Nov 2012 #13
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #17
hunter Nov 2012 #14
FarCenter Nov 2012 #15

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:48 AM

1. Sounds like a CIA/MIC/MI5 plot to me





"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.



The perfect place for covert private meetings....

Just wink and tell your contact to "meet me at Sandy Island"

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:51 AM

2. This is funny...like something out of a Mel Brooks movie or the CIA..a disappearing land

 

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:51 AM

3. I just checked Google Earth ...

and they've erased it.

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Response to GeorgeGist (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 12:37 PM

9. That sort of resembles an aircraft carrier. n/t

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:55 AM

4. "They're taking it off the map!?"

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:57 AM

6. FTW!






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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:56 AM

5. It doesn't even look like a real island.

 

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 12:07 PM

7. The Topographic maps made by WPA surveyors were terrific for looking for archaeological sites, and

navigating your way through the outback of S. Florida. I guess it got to be a pain when there were so many new housing developments and roads, so the gov't contracted for new maps. The new maps seem to have been generated by computer from satellite photos. On one map there was a huge thumbprint covering half a "square". I don't remember what the square represents, but it covered miles and miles, obviously a thumbprint. Florida Everglades or Big Cypress area.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 12:35 PM

8. Yet another thing the Repugs will blame on Obama ...

1. He took it away ...

and ...

2. He was going to give all the inhabitants of this new island he made the right to vote for free gifts from the government ...

Don't tell me they wouldn't play both sides on any issue.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 12:40 PM

10. Could it be...oceans rising?

Nah...

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:56 PM

16. More likely just the sea map equivalent of false towns

Mapmakers sometimes put in one or two fake objects in their maps as evidence they can use against people who copy their work, usually things like putting a village someplace there isn't, or adding a fake street/building/landmark here and there.

Now and then one of those will get through anyway and wind up filtered across other maps. Just takes the wrong reference being used and taken for granted a few times.

Fast forward through enough iterations of something like that and we'll eventually find someone skeptical as to whether Toronto exists...

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 12:42 PM

11. It's R'LYEH!

It sank back into the sea!

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Response to Aristus (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:21 PM

12. Oh-nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.

All DUers, please join in the chant. Bring R'lyeh back.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:25 PM

13. Sandy island unknown on the Marine GeoGarage, nautical charts web & mobile platform

No 'Sandy island' in the 'Google Maps for the seafarer' :
Marine GeoGarage screenshot

see blog

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Response to Peio (Reply #13)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:43 PM

17. Welcome to DU!

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:35 PM

15. But is there oil in the vicinity?

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