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Aussie scientists un-discover Pacific island Sandy Island

Published on Nov 22, 2012 1:49 PM
 

SYDNEY (AFP) - A South Pacific island identified on Google Earth and world maps does not exist, according to Australian scientists who went searching for the mystery landmass during a geological expedition.

The sizeable phantom island in the Coral Sea is shown as Sandy Island on Google Earth and Google maps, supposedly midway between Australia and the French-governed New Caledonia.

The Times Atlas of the World appears to identify it as Sable Island and according to Dr Maria Seton, a geologist from the University of Sydney, the weather maps used by the Southern Surveyor, an Australian maritime research vessel, also say it is there.

But when the Southern Surveyor, which was tasked with identifying fragments of the Australian continental crust submerged in the Coral Sea, steamed to where it was supposed to be, it was nowhere to be found.

 
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