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The 'Lost' Island That Maps Made Up
ABC News via Yahoo ^ | 11/23/12 | DRAGANA JOVANOVIC

Posted on 11/24/2012 5:53:37 AM PST by Kartographer

Sandy Island was nowhere to be found when Australian scientists reached the South Pacific location where it appeared on Google Earth, nautical charts and world maps. "It raises all kinds of conspiracy theories," expedition member Steven Micklethwaite said, adding that the CIA is among the sources of the world coastline database. "It reminded me of the hypernatural island in the "Lost" TV series." The phantom Manhattan-size island in the Coral Sea was shown as Sandy Island on Google Earth, sized about 15 miles by three miles on Google Maps, and halfway between Australia and the French New Caledonia.

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1 posted on 11/24/2012 5:53:40 AM PST by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer
How could this be? I mean Oceanic Airways Advertises flights to there all the time.

2 posted on 11/24/2012 5:55:40 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

Maybe that island was added by map-makers as copy-protection.

You add a fake island, and if anyone else has that island on their map then you sue them.


4 posted on 11/24/2012 6:06:21 AM PST by agere_contra ("An unjust law ceases to be a law: it becomes an act of violence". Thomas Aquinas)
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To: agere_contra
"You add a fake island, and if anyone else has that island on their map then you sue them."

And if anyone lost at sea seeks safe harbor at the island and dies because it's not there, their estate can sue the mapmakers :-)

5 posted on 11/24/2012 6:10:47 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Kartographer

Amelia Earhart must have been using Google maps.


6 posted on 11/24/2012 6:12:02 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Kartographer
Maybe?

7 posted on 11/24/2012 6:16:33 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

Currently, Google Earth shows Sandy Island just where it’s indicated on the pictures in this post. There are even pictures attributed to being taken from people with a camera on Sandy Island.


8 posted on 11/24/2012 6:17:33 AM PST by willgolfforfood
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To: willgolfforfood
Did any of the pictures look like this?

9 posted on 11/24/2012 6:21:13 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: agere_contra
I was told many years ago that cartographers would add a town or two to their road maps as a way to check if other cartographers were just copying their maps. Maybe Google did the same thang*.

* a little Ebonics for the CBC.

10 posted on 11/24/2012 6:30:40 AM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: agere_contra

See

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatosu_and_Goblu

For a similar version of the idea


11 posted on 11/24/2012 6:31:34 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Joe 6-pack

>>And if anyone lost at sea seeks safe harbor at the island and dies because it’s not there, their estate can sue the mapmakers :-)

If you are lost at sea with access to Google Earth, can’t you just text for help?


12 posted on 11/24/2012 6:35:05 AM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Bryanw92
Maybe they just printed out hardcopy before the voyage....


13 posted on 11/24/2012 6:37:16 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Kartographer

Google Earth app now looks like someone took a black sharpie to the island.


14 posted on 11/24/2012 6:37:32 AM PST by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: Kartographer
The explanation:

Ben Linus: Did he tell you what we're supposed to do?

John Locke: He did. He wants us to move the island.

15 posted on 11/24/2012 6:40:37 AM PST by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter")
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To: Kartographer

It’s still there in Google Maps.


16 posted on 11/24/2012 6:41:48 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Kartographer
I always fly Ajira Airways myself.

I never did get the final check from Charles Widmore though.

17 posted on 11/24/2012 6:43:03 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Kartographer

-19.22299,159.918938

Plug these coordinates into a Google search. Then select maps and then the satellite view, zoom in and you will notice that the “island” appears to be covered in black pixels as if it is redacted.


18 posted on 11/24/2012 6:44:18 AM PST by Calamari (Pass enough laws and everyone is guilty of something.)
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To: Kartographer; GreenLanternCorps

Actually I take it back, that would require forethought and critical thinking.

THE WRITERS OF LOST NEVER HAD A PLAN!


19 posted on 11/24/2012 6:47:12 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Calamari; Kartographer
Actually, your coordinates are incorrect.

The Right ones are 4 8 15 16 23 42


20 posted on 11/24/2012 6:50:06 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: willgolfforfood

photos of Snowy Forest and Foggy Forest on Sandy Island on Google Earth


21 posted on 11/24/2012 7:03:17 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Kartographer

22 posted on 11/24/2012 7:05:58 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Now I would say that is pushing the envelope a little.


23 posted on 11/24/2012 7:15:37 AM PST by willgolfforfood
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To: KC_Lion

Google Maps coordinates (in decimal, not DD.MM.SS) are -19.213264,159.932785. (Negative latitude indicates south of the equator.)

With a latatude of (positive) 4.815, your coordinates aren’t even south of the equator.


24 posted on 11/24/2012 7:39:36 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Calamari

Wow, that’s a huge black whole in the Earth. Maybe we can ship all the libs and RINOs there.


25 posted on 11/24/2012 7:43:24 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: agere_contra
Maybe that island was added by map-makers as copy-protection. You add a fake island, and if anyone else has that island on their map then you sue them.

That's exactly why it's there. Reference books and encyclopedias have entries on imaginary people and places for the same reason.

26 posted on 11/24/2012 7:46:40 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Joe 6-pack; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

If anyone dies trying to make landfall on that island, there will be no lawsuit unless the dead guy leaves a diary stating that intention and the whole works is found later. :’)


27 posted on 11/24/2012 7:46:48 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Yo-Yo
That is not what Jacob told me.


28 posted on 11/24/2012 7:49:07 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Yo-Yo

call that congress man ,you know the one and the sinking islands or maybe it’s global warming and ocean is only rising around that island LOL


29 posted on 11/24/2012 8:00:41 AM PST by molson209
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To: Kartographer
Also known as the Ile de Sable.
30 posted on 11/24/2012 8:09:36 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Kartographer

Dang. I just booked a non refundable trip there.


31 posted on 11/24/2012 8:13:11 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Kartographer

The article reports the island location is now deep ocean, as in 4,620 ft deep.

Maybe this explains why Hillary went to the Cook Islands in the middle of the DNC. New Zealand volcano on the verge of a major eruption????


32 posted on 11/24/2012 8:21:23 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Calamari
...zoom in and you will notice that the “island” appears to be covered in black pixels as if it is redacted.

THey should re-name it "Sharpie Island"

33 posted on 11/24/2012 8:26:46 AM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: Kartographer

It probably tipped over and sank.


34 posted on 11/24/2012 8:30:01 AM PST by meatloaf (Support Senate S 1863 & House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: libertarian27

Google earth shows it blacked out, but it’s elevation as -2ft surrounded by 6000ft deep ocean rising up the the Isle de Sable (-2 ft deep).


35 posted on 11/24/2012 8:54:38 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Kartographer

It’s the island that Capt. Haddock knows is not real, and is therefore the clue he needs to find Red Rackham’s Treasure.


36 posted on 11/24/2012 8:58:36 AM PST by Disambiguator (America chose...poorly.)
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To: Calamari

GADZOOKS!!! Almost exactly between the Haitian epicenter and a recent earthquake swarm off of Puerto Rico along the southern boundary of the BERMUDA TRIANGLE!!!, which just happens to be on the exact opposite side of the planet longitudinally and mirrored from the equator latitudinally.

Where has Mystery Island gone????


37 posted on 11/24/2012 9:24:47 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Kartographer; Travis McGee

Castigo Cay ping!


38 posted on 11/24/2012 9:34:34 AM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Cvengr

Underwater terrain looks like something could be there. Sure ain’t nearly a mile under the surface. .


39 posted on 11/24/2012 9:36:34 AM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: Kartographer

http://mapsofsandyisland.tumblr.com/


40 posted on 11/24/2012 9:39:03 AM PST by FLAMING DEATH (I'm not racist - I hate Biden too!)
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To: Kartographer

Maybe it is like the inflatable island KAOS had in a episode of GET SMART>


41 posted on 11/24/2012 9:57:18 AM PST by Mastador1
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To: Mastador1
Sister island of these levitating islands in the Bermuda Triangle, which NIMA refuses to comment about,...Hmmmmm....

http://www.ecoenquirer.com/levitating-islands.htm

:^)

42 posted on 11/24/2012 10:12:56 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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