• Scientists revise position on mysterious South Pacific island

    2013-01-03

    A recent expedition of scientists has confirmed that an island thought to be approximately the size of Manhattan located in the South Pacific Ocean does not actually exist, reports CNN.

    Scientific officials noted the approximate location of the atoll between Australia and New Caledonia. However, after visiting the coordinates of the island, they confirmed that the landmass does not exist.

    "We saw this mysterious island on all the scientific maps and weather maps but not on this one navigational chart that was on our ship," Ph.D student Sabin Zahirovic, part of the research team on board the RV Southern Surveyor, told the news source. "The captain was actually quite nervous because the island was showing up on all the maps."

    Contrary to the ship's charts, the vessel sailed right through the area in which the island was supposed to be located. The "undiscovery" of the atoll presents the scientific community with a range of questions regarding the accuracy and reliability of nautical navigation tools.

    ABC News reports that the landmass was known as Sandy Island on Google Maps, and was thought to have measured approximately three by 15 miles. The news source reports that the landmass has been included in several authoritative navigational charts for more than 100 years.


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