Saturday, December 15

scientists un-discover phantom island

A South Pacific island identified on Google Earth and world maps does not exist, according to scientists who went searching for it during a geological expedition.

The sizeable phantom island in the Coral Sea is shown as Sandy Island on Google Earth and Google maps and is supposedly midway between Australia and New South Caledonia.

"It's on Google Earth and other maps so we went to check and there was no Sandy Island. We're really puzzled. It's quite bizarre."

A New South Caledonian commentator pointed out that the recent hurricane was named Sandy, just like the missing island. Coincidence? I suspect the hurricane blew its own island away, to balance things up.


  1. I'm not so convinced that computer mapping toys have much value.

    When I lived on Skye, the small islands I could see from my house didn't show up on Google maps.

    But perhaps you are right about the ocean making off with Sandy.

  2. I say!

    What does it look like on street view?

    MM III

  3. Albert? That's completely unheard of! They should be the Unheard Of Islands! Hotboy

  4. Nanners. I read today that the Skye Terrier is so out of fashion that the breed is more endangered than pandas and tigers.

    Mingers. Good point, it can't be long now till the Google people map the sea bed.

    Hotters. Maybe they are now.