(Image source: Auckland Museum)


BY KERRY LEARY
ANCHOR JASMINE BAILEY

 

Remember Sandy Island, the Pacific island that kept showing up on maps … but no one could actually find? Well, the missing island mystery has now been solved … the island just doesn’t exist. So, what happened?

 

“Its existence would have been a geological oddity since it apparently sat in a region of deep waters … After searching through maps dating as far back as the 1700s, [researchers] finally tracked down Sandy Island’s earliest appearance in the collection to a 1908 admiralty chart.”

 

The Island’s mistaken existence is being blamed on a whaling ship error for 1876. The island was supposed to be in the Coral Sea between Australia and New Caledonia. Radio Australia reports:

 

“Sandy Island ... has appeared on maps for over a hundred years, and could even be seen on Google Maps. However, a group of Australian researchers who set out for the island last month reported that they could not find it.”

 

The phantom island sparked worldwide interest after multiple maps and charts had the island on it... dating back to the early 1900’s.

 

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Mystery of 'Missing' Pacific Island Solved

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Dec 4, 2012

Mystery of 'Missing' Pacific Island Solved

(Image source: Auckland Museum)


BY KERRY LEARY
ANCHOR JASMINE BAILEY

 

Remember Sandy Island, the Pacific island that kept showing up on maps … but no one could actually find? Well, the missing island mystery has now been solved … the island just doesn’t exist. So, what happened?

 

“Its existence would have been a geological oddity since it apparently sat in a region of deep waters … After searching through maps dating as far back as the 1700s, [researchers] finally tracked down Sandy Island’s earliest appearance in the collection to a 1908 admiralty chart.”

 

The Island’s mistaken existence is being blamed on a whaling ship error for 1876. The island was supposed to be in the Coral Sea between Australia and New Caledonia. Radio Australia reports:

 

“Sandy Island ... has appeared on maps for over a hundred years, and could even be seen on Google Maps. However, a group of Australian researchers who set out for the island last month reported that they could not find it.”

 

The phantom island sparked worldwide interest after multiple maps and charts had the island on it... dating back to the early 1900’s.

 

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