Australian scientists who sailed during a 25-day trip in the eastern Coral Sea, positioned midway between Australia and French-governed New Caledonia, onboard the RV Southern Surveyor, Australia’s Marine National Facility research vessel, in search of the landmass known as Sandy Island, after spotting it on Google Earth, found nothing but blue ocean.
The depth of the ocean is around 1,400 meters at Sandy Island’s coordinates.
They have found an island that doesn’t exist but it exist on marine charts, world maps and even on the Times Atlas as well as the island regularly appeared in scientific publications since at least 2000.
Australia’s Hydrographic Service, which produces the country’s nautical charts, says its appearance on some scientific maps and Google Earth could just be the result of human error, repeated down the years.
A spokesman from the service told Australian newspapers that while some map makers intentionally include phantom streets to prevent copyright infringements, that was not usually the case with nautical charts because it would reduce confidence in them.
A spokesman for Google said they consult a variety of authoritative sources when making their maps. ”The world is a constantly changing place, the Google spokesman told AFP, “and keeping on top of these changes is a never-ending endeavour’.’
Wikipedia: the Google map in fact shows a border for the island, but the photo of the area in that boundary is left completely black. This is because the ocean image is cut out from the areas identified as land, so that different images are used , as the ocean image is very hard to stitch in, ocean image is less accurate …or… an ‘unidentified’ object has been censored?
Coordinates Sandy Island, also known as Sable Island: (Coordinates: -19.225583, 159.938759 ).