The maps lie: Australian scientists discover Manhattan-sized island doesn’t actually exist
According to Google Maps and several other nautical charts, Sandy Island is about 25 kilometres long and sits between Australia to the West and New Caledonia and Vanuatu to the West. According to Dr. Maria Seton and her scientific research team, it does not now, nor ever has, existed at all.
“We were out in the Eastern Coral Sea, conducting a scientific research expedition, and when we were approaching the area of this supposed island,” Seton told the BBC. “We saw that our scientific maps showed there was an island there and yet the navigation charts on board the vessel showed that we had a water depth of 14,000 metres. That’s when we started getting suspicious.” (Google Maps; AFP PHOTO-/AFP/Getty Images)