Australian Scientists ‘Undiscover’ An Island

Posted on December 11, 2012


We’d like to think that maps are 100% accurate, that the information they show us is the absolute truth.  This, however, is not always the case.  DaVinci Business Graphics looks at the recently ‘undiscovered’ Sandy Island. 


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Sandy Island was thought to exist somewhere between Australia and New Caledonia.  Explorer James Cook was the fist to chart Sandy Island in 1776.  With several French and British maps showing the exact longitude and latitude of the island, the case for Sandy’s existence was pretty strong.


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That changed last month.  Geologists from the University of Sydney were on a 25-day expedition studying plate tectonics in Sandy’s vicinity when they discovered some irregularities.  Some of their nautical maps displayed the island while others didn’t.  They decided to prove or disprove the Sandy’s existence the best way they knew how: by sailing straight through it.


They sailed through Sandy’s exact location and found nothing.  One crew member gave his account: “Lo and behold there was nothing! The ocean floor didn’t ever get shallower than 1300 metres below the wave-base. There’s an island in the middle of nowhere that doesn’t actually exist.”


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On November 29th, 2012, the National Geographic Society announced that it was officially striking Sandy Island from its maps.  National Geographic stated that “full evidence has finally been presented.  Sandy Island has now been officially stricken from all National Geographic map products.”  If you visit Google Earth today, Sandy Island is nothing but black pixilation in the middle of the ocean.  So long Sandy, we’ll miss you.


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