Scientists `undiscover` Pacific island, say it doesn`t exist
Home | News | Videos | Blog | Tips | Slideshows World Environment Day
 

Scientists `undiscover` Pacific island, say it doesn`t exist

Updated on Thursday, November 22, 2012, 18:55
Translate into:

Melbourne: A South Pacific island, shown on world maps, marine charts as well as on Google Earth, actually does not exist, Australian scientists claim.

The island, named Sandy Island on Google Earth allegedly sits between Australia and New Caledonia in the south Pacific.

"We became suspicious when the navigation charts used by the ship showed a depth of 1400 metres in an area where our scientific maps and Google Earth showed the existence of a large island," Dr Maria Seton, a geologist from the University of Sydney, said.

When the voyage`s chief scientist, Seton, and her crew sailed past where the island should be, they found nothing but blue ocean, `Sydney Morning Herald` reported.

"Somehow this error has propagated through to the world coastline database from which a lot of maps are made," said Seton.

The missing island has regularly appeared in scientific publications since at least 2000.

"Even onboard the ship, the weather maps the captain had showed an island in this location," Seton said.

Seton had no idea how the island came to be on so many maps, but she is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, the paper said.

"We all had a good giggle at Google as we sailed through the island, then we started compiling information about the seafloor, which we will send to the relevant authorities so that we can change the world map," Steven Micklethwaite from the University of Western Australia said.

The discovery took place onboard the RV Southern Surveyor, Australia`s Marine National Facility research vessel, during a 25-day research trip in the eastern Coral Sea.

PTI

 
Post Comment a | a moderator Alert Moderator
Your comment(s) on this article
Toolbox
Print this page s E-Mail Bookmark and Share
Post Comment
Name:  
Place:
Email:  
Comment:  
   
 
TERMS OF USE:
The views represented here are not neccesarily endorsed by www.zeenews.com and its allied websites. All messages will be moderated and no message that has inflammatory, abusive, derogatory language or any language deemed unfit for publication by the editor will be displayed. Though it will be endeavoured that as many messages as possible be displayed, there will be time lag between the submission and publication of the messages. The website reserves the right to publish or reject any message.
World Environment Day
VideosWorldMore..»
Global climate change affecting world in its worst way
BlogWorldBlog
Video My conversations with Mr. S
With his golden face around, he sheds a warm look among the ivy’s inmost nook.
More..»   
SlideshowsWorldBlog
Forest Around the World
Top Disasters
TipsWorldTips
Forum - Go GreenWorldTips
  • As India hosts the global event 'World Environment Day 2011 on June 5, for “embracing the process of a transition to a Green Economy” for the first time, share your ideas on what you can do for the planet earth.
Read Comments Post Comments
     
 
Contact Us : Privacy Policy : Legal Disclaimer : SMS to 57575 : Register : On The Channel : Jobs With Us
Copyright © Zee News Limited. All rights reserved.