posted on Nov, 23 2012 @ 03:52 PM
Well, for what it’s worth, all I can say is that as a sailor myself who has spent 20 years on the water all over the world including French
Polynesia, the Cook’s, and the Solomon’s, I can tell you two things for sure about this:
1. The inclusion of this relatively large island was NOT a map-maker’s “trap” or copyright trick. This practice might occur in geographical
cartography, but I can assure you this would NEVER be done in modern nautical charts. The lives of sailors and passengers have (until recently)
relied too heavily on the accuracy of nautical charts to ever allow for such a frivolous practice. Charts and maps are frequently updated to make
even the most trivial of corrections. To ignore an intentionally misrepresented island 20 miles by 5 miles long would be the biggest scandal in the
history of nautical maps I should think.
2. 1,400 meters (about 4,600 feet) is too deep for any small island to exist or probably ever have existed. The ascending shelf required to
accommodate an island supposedly 100 square miles in area would itself have to be several thousand square miles in its rise from the sea floor,
something that simply does not exist at that location. One can safely assume that a collapse or geologic event on the magnitude of what would have
had to occur to leave a 1,400 meter hole in the ocean would be so massive every seismic detection tool on the planet would have registered it.
Punching the coordinates into my Garmin I can confirm that there is indeed nothing there. There are a grouping of tiny unnamed atolls about 50 nm
west, and the northern tip of New Caledonia lies about 200 nm east, but in between that, nothing but deep, deep water.
There is a rather strange anomaly on the ocean floor where Sandy Island was supposed to have been. I’m going to give that a good look going
forward. But to conclude some geological event occurred in recent times that caused a 100 square mile island to simply vanish without anyone knowing
The most logical explanation…? I don’t know. As I stated above, the first thing that occurred to me was “weird!”. I do not think this was
an intentional or accidental cartographic mistake, even though logic tells me it HAD TO BE. If so, that's the first time I’ve ever heard of either
a mistake this big being repeated over and over again, or an intentional inclusion meant to thwart copyright violators that was promulgated time and
time again by others.
The bottom line is, if it wasn’t a mistake on a map, and no geographical event took place to destroy the island, there must have been something
there at some point in recent history.
If so, where did it go?
Was it an island at all…?