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Australian scientists ‘discover’ the island that never was in the mid-Pacific

Friday, November 23rd 2012 - 09:54 UTC
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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. Read full article


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  • Idlehands

    I wonder if they also came across a flotilla of confused Argentines sailing around in circles clutching their flag on a spike?

    Nov 23rd, 2012 - 10:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LightThink

    I am geologist

    Aussie land was in the mid pacific.

    Nov 23rd, 2012 - 10:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    I can remember on one of the original maps of somewhere (I think it is in what is now Ghana) the cartographer clearly got bored (and probably had a little too much sun) and managed to create “elephant hill” by doodling in contour lines. See here: for the image...

    Nov 23rd, 2012 - 12:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    A bit like the Malvinas in the Atlantic,
    Another invisible place that don’t exist..

    Nov 23rd, 2012 - 12:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    Careful Australia, it will be Sable Son Argentinas before long and they will be accusing you of ousting their settled population in the 1830's, before they or the island existed and have you up before the decolonisation committee.

    Nov 23rd, 2012 - 06:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #4 Knew someone would say that...

    Nov 24th, 2012 - 12:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    Isn't Google Earth a compilation of actual satellite photographs?

    Or is it completely computer generated?

    Nov 24th, 2012 - 01:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ptolemy

    You know, someone should have sold this island to CFK.

    Nov 24th, 2012 - 01:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    It registers as just a black splotch on Google Earth, no details, but CFK will need to speak with Australia if they to usurp the “Sandy Islanders”. The map designates it a possession of Australia.

    Nov 24th, 2012 - 01:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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