MYSTERY: Google Maps Shows Island That Isn't There

November 26, 2012


According to Google Maps and other atlases, Sandy Island is a little island in the South Pacific to the east of Australia. Except, SURPRISE, it isn't really there. I bet it was a fake island Google Maps added to ensure nobody was copying their maps and trying to sell them as their own. Mapmakers do that with roadmaps you know -- they're called trap streets. Haha, there is no Peen Street -- you copied my map! Of course I'm not ruling out the possibility it was just a Google Maps error, I'm just seriously doubting it. COMPUTERS ARE SMART.

Even though it occupied about 60 square miles on maps, the team from the University of Sydney found only the deep blue of the Coral Sea when they arrived at the coordinates of the phantom island this month.

Sandy Island was supposed to be halfway between Australia and New Caledonia. The ship's captain approached it nervously, worrying that they'd run aground, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

"It's on Google Earth and other maps so we went to check and there was no island. We're really puzzled. It's quite bizarre," said lead researcher Maria Seton, a geologist. "How did it find its way onto the maps? We just don't know, but we plan to follow up and find out."

Wow, what a MYSTERY. Whatever could have happened, "scientists"? I wonder if *banging on table* IT'S THE ISLAND FROM 'LOST' AND EVERYONE HERE KNOWS IT. Back me up, Hurley. "He just had a heart attack." The man loved fried chicken. "I think it was your yelling." IT WAS THE CHICKEN.

Thanks to Joe and Amanda, who both tried telling me it was the lost city of Atlantis coming up for air. That -- that's also a very real possibility.

  • Gracie Bun

    Benjamin Linus is at it again...

  • jimmy

    looks like it's your lucky day GW, it's one of the islands from Jurassic Park!

  • How'd you come up with your hypothesis? Read when I posted that exact hypothesis on Gizmodo 5 days ago?

  • Oz Baxter

    Patrick McGoohan never died....he just went back to The Village to retire with Mr. Roark and Hurley...

  • Guest

    Gasp! They found my evil island lair!!!

  • Lisa Cohn

    Incorrect: They took the information from an old cartography map. Kudos to the librarian who tracked down how the error actually happened. Librarians rock!

  • this reeks of coverup

  • Mike

    Zombies must live there.

  • revjerp
  • gajo porreiro

    the real reason apple making iOS maps like that!!!

  • IT Geek

    It's blacked out now... not a very good job either. What did they use, MS Paint?

  • It's the Isla de Muerta! An island that cannot be found, except by those who already have been there...

  • "La Isla de los muertos"

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