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Originally posted by winofiend
Either that or...
You have to understand, everything I did, I did for the Island.
Originally posted by jude11
reply to post by lavenlaar
I've lost keys, money, girlfriends, bets, and directions.
But never an island.
Back in 2009
Google Earth shows it as Sandy Island with no further explanation.
Sandy Island is located at 19 degrees 13' 18.18" S, 159 degrees 56' 13.54" E
I noticed it is blacked out on Yahoo maps and Bing maps as well.
Anyone have any idea what is located here?productforums.google.com...#!topic/earth/V5gNYv_lFjw
And another poster:
I opened the "more" folder in the Layers panel in Google Earth and turned on the digital globe layer archive. There is imagery that has been taken over this island, some from 2009. When you click on the low [ 0-10%] cloud cover tiles, when you look at what should cross with the island shape, all you see is blue water with some clouds floating over. This seems to be the case for the different years. It seems odd.
Possible explanation is "Bad Data"... traced back to 1979.
confirmend with the French Hydrograpic office today, there is a bad area in the elevation model. NW of new Caledonia, SE of Recif Bampton is a phantom Island, Sand Is. This was removed from the navigation charts in 1979. There is no directly measured or gravity derived batymetry to suport this feature. Please disregard this feature.
edit on 21-11-2012 by jude11 because: (no reason given)
Encyclopedia > Sandy Island
Map of Pitcairn Islands. Source:CIA World Factbook
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Sandy Island is an uninhabited strip of sand in the Oeno Island coral atoll of the South Pacific Ocean. Sandy Island is part of the Pitcairn Islands colony.
Sandy Island is located at 23°54′44″S, 130°43′37″W, about 143 km (77 nautical miles) northwest of Pitcairn Island.
Originally posted by blskv109a
The article at the link was interesting and informative, thank you OP. I followed up with some internet searching on the lead scientist, Dr. Maria Seton. She's a highly credible PhD with multiple geological publications. However, I can't explain the Google Maps blackout... interesting. Nice find, OP.
On www.abovetopsecret.com , discussions were robust with one poster claiming he had confirmed with the French hydrographic office that it was indeed a phantom island and was supposed to have been removed from charts in 1979.
Another claimed: "Many mapmakers put in deliberate but unobtrusive and non-obvious 'mistakes' into their maps so that they can know when somebody steals the map data."
Originally posted by rickymouse
Hmmm....Should have called it turtle island.
The Amazons had grown tired of the evil ways of mankind in ancient Greece after being enslaved by Hercules and had separated themselves to this island where they could practice a peaceful way of life and cultivate their minds. With the island blessed by the Olympian Gods, no man is allowed to physically set foot on it.