Friday, 23 November 2012
A team of Australian scientists discover that an island in the Pacific, which appears on maps and weather charts, doesn't exist. The island, named Sandy Island on Google Earth, sits between Australia and New Caledonia in the south Pacific. It's not just Google but the island also appears on Yahoo, Bing, as well as on the Times Atlas of the World.
But when Australian scientists sailed past where the island should be, they found nothing but blue ocean. Neither the French government - the invisible island would sit within French territorial waters if it existed - nor the ship's nautical charts, which are based on depth measurements, had the island marked on their maps.