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Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in Science |

Sandy Island near Australia appears on all maps but in reality there

Sandy Island near Australia appears on all maps but in reality there

Sandy is a small island in the South Pacific, west of New Caledonia and 1,200 miles east of Australia. And this island would not have anything special, except that it does not exist even when it appears on all maps.

The “discovery” was made by scientists at the University of Sydney, who went to the area to verify the existence of the island. Mary Seton, participant of the expedition, said he expected to find land, but the only visible to the round were miles and miles of ocean. “[The island] is in Google Earth and other maps, so we’re very intrigued”, and now the idea is to find out how he came to seep into the maps.

Moreover, from the hydrographic service in Australia have another theory: simply, it would be a human error that was repeated over time, with no verification. And Google just simply respond that “the world is a constantly changing”, so it is very difficult to be strict with all the changes and even more so when they involve unknown and hidden sectors as this Sandy Island.

Meanwhile, the island can still be seen on Google Maps, perhaps for a short time before it is actually deleted.

Link: South Pacific Sandy Island ‘proven not to exist’ (BBC News)

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