There is a "phantom island" off the coast of Australia that lives as a ghost in Google Maps – and the experts are confused.
The mysterious Sandy Island is built in 1774 when New Caledonia is located in the southern Pacific, but today it will not be found on Google Maps.
Instead, you will see a slight outline of what looks like a long, thin island – but without visible land.
The story of Sandy Island begins on September 15, 1774, when Captain James Cook has written a Sandy And in the Eastern Coral Sea, near the northeast coast of Australia.
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Historically, the island was thought to be 24 kilometers long and five kilometers wide, which is hard to miss.
A hundred years later, in 1876, a whaling vessel called Velocity also reported Sandy Island. This is noted on several 19th-century maps from the UK and Germany.
In the end, marine graphics began to change maps with the letters ED (for "doubt of existence") after a number of trips failed to mark the island where it was drawn.
The French Hydrographic Service removed the island from its marine graphics in 1979. But the real "discovery" came on November 22, 2012 when Australian scientists at R / V Southern Surveyor failed to find Sandy Island.
The crew also records the depths of the ocean, which were never less than 4,300 feet – suggesting that there is no chance an island to hide just below the waves.
On November 26, 2012, Google removed the island from its Google Maps service. However, there is an increase from the seabed visible in the satellite map view of Google Maps.
So what is the official explanation for Sandy Island?
There is no such thing, because no one can say with 100% certainty what Captain Cook saw so many years ago. The best theory is that the island may have been with the Pamesian marine rafts.
These are masses of floating pumice, which are burned by the underwater volcanoes and then moved to the surface.
These rafts can sometimes travel thousands of kilometers.
It is possible what Captain Cook – and the speed later – I have seen are pumasis that make a slow journey through the Pacific Ocean.
Here you can see Sandy Island here: 19.22 ° S 159.93 ° E
This article originally appeared on the Sun and was reproduced with permission.
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