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Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?

 
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Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
A team of Australian scientists found themselves sailing through what appeared on charts as a large island during a research trip in the South Pacific.

Sandy Island – according to Google Earth, world maps, marine charts and scientific publications – lies in the Coral Sea, between northern Australia and the French territory of New Caledonia.

Except that it doesn’t, as the scientists discovered – or undiscovered – during their recent 25-day voyage. Where the island was marked on maps they found only deep blue ocean – very deep, as it turned out.



Read more: [link to www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk]

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11/22/2012 03:10 AM
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
gasp What the heck???? I checked Google...and that was a good size island! How could it just disappear? Also wondering why it is completely blacked out? I'm sure there were things going on there we are never to know about.
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11/22/2012 03:12 AM
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scared
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11/22/2012 03:22 AM
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
The questions are:
- what was going on on this island?
- why did it have to disappear?
- why is it blacked out on Google Earth?
- what has the CIA got to do with this?

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11/22/2012 03:25 AM
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
It's where Lost was filmed.
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11/22/2012 03:27 AM
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
It's where Lost was filmed.
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^ this
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11/22/2012 03:29 AM
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
John Locke is to blame.
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11/22/2012 03:29 AM
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
Link would make it a bit believable.
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11/22/2012 03:30 AM
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
reminds me of that village in china that disappeared a couple of years ago.wtf are they doing with stuff?
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
Just do a search on "Sandy Island" in Google Earth!

19 10'44.44 S
160 01'12.63 E
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11/22/2012 03:31 AM
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
Link would make it a bit believable.
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yes-
linky OP?
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11/22/2012 03:32 AM
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
Link would make it a bit believable.
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Here it is.

[link to www.smh.com.au]
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
Link would make it a bit believable.
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Here it is.

[link to www.smh.com.au]
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wtf o_O
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11/22/2012 03:35 AM
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
Link would make it a bit believable.
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Here it is.

[link to www.smh.com.au]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1123472


There is a video you must watch, just follow the link.
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11/22/2012 03:37 AM
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
Even onboard the ship, the weather maps the captain had showed an island in this location.

Read more: [link to www.smh.com.au]
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
Link would make it a bit believable.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1151390


Here it is.

[link to www.smh.com.au]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1123472

cheers.
maybe it was Never there to start off with?
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11/22/2012 03:41 AM
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*****

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Dr 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.

Read more: [link to www.smh.com.au]
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
"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.

Read more: [link to www.smh.com.au]
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11/22/2012 04:33 AM
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[link to www.brisbanetimes.com.au]
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Did Guam tip over?
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
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.

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11/22/2012 05:18 AM
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
Hurricane Sandy destroyed Sandy Island?

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11/22/2012 05:39 AM
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
Dr 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.

Read more: [link to www.smh.com.au]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1123472


Hold on.

I see where Dr Maria Seton displayed perfect globes that don't seem to have any surface area shortage. This territory should be charted through a hands-on discovery process just to ensure that the natural landscape is intact. I will volunteer to embark on this mission in 2013 if I'm granted access.
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11/22/2012 06:24 AM
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
Curiouser and curiouser... bump
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11/22/2012 06:36 AM
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must have ascended then.

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...asandied.

Last Edited by AWinterShadow on 11/22/2012 06:37 AM
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11/22/2012 07:04 AM
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
wtf
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11/22/2012 07:09 AM
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exported to mars
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
Was on some charts but not on others.... perhaps never there at all. Google Earth supposedly had it as just a blacked out blob, so no real photos of island seem to exist. Perhaps some floating secret research vessel disguised as an island?
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11/22/2012 07:38 AM
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
Was on some charts but not on others.... perhaps never there at all. Google Earth supposedly had it as just a blacked out blob, so no real photos of island seem to exist. Perhaps some floating secret research vessel disguised as an island?
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Or maybe just a mistake that was copied over and over? Or, as the article states:

"While some map makers intentionally include phantom streets to deter copyright infringements, that was not standard practice with nautical charts, said Mr Prince."

But maybe in this case, it was practiced? Don't know.
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Re: Island in Pacific Ocean disappeared, CIA to blame?
Interesting ohno

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