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Sandy Island: The Uninhabited Pacific Isle that Never Really Existed

Lifestyle / Travel : The Daily Traveler

Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings finds a Pacific Ocean island that was on Google Maps (and everyone's maps) and National Geographic charts—but never really existed.

Artist Imagines What Phantom Islands Might Look Like

Construction / Architecture : Co.Design

Inspired by the errata of cartography, a German designer renders the phantom islands discarded by history. Phantom islands are landmasses that existed, on maps, until someone proved that they either no longer exist or never existed ...

How an Imaginary Island Stayed on Maps for Five Centuries

Arts : Hyperallergic

A tiny blot of a landmass off the western coast of Ireland is curiously labeled "Imaginary Isle of O Brazil" on cartographer Thomas Jefferys's 1768 "Chart of the Atlantic Ocean." A 21st-century viewer might wonder: why include a fic...

Pacific Island Undiscovered

Technology : Geeks are Sexy

Here’s something to cheer up the team behind Apple’s notorious mapping fails: a South Pacific island shown on both Google Maps and old-school atlases turns out not to exist. Sandy Island is shown as lying around 80 percent of the wa...

Missed Connections: Sandy Island

Humor : The Hairpin

A South Pacific island, shown on marine charts and world maps as well as on Google Earth and Google Maps, does not exist, Australian scientists say. The supposedly sizeable strip of land, named Sandy Island on Google maps, was posit...


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