Pacific island does not exist


89 Responses to “Pacific island does not exist”

  1. Emma Jones says:

    Could be someone put it on the map as an error to mark their work (this is a common practice), and people copied it.

  2. 20 miles long, eh? would make the ideal lair for an evil genius.

  3. The satellite image is amazingly censored there.

    • dragonfrog says:

       I was going to say – there can be cartographic errors, say where you switch to the satellite view and find that the river actually runs over there – but, an island that’s on the map, and blacked out in the satellite view, that doesn’t look accidental.

    • bumblebeeeeeee says:

      Not censored, just no images.  Same as all oceans, no company will waste money imaging nothing. Then Google wouldn’t waste time with nothing either.

      • Itsumishi says:

        No, quite clearly Google has distant satellite photos of the oceans, but this island is blacked out.

        • bumblebeeeeeee says:

          it’s some-kind of image processing error caused by crossing incorrect geo data with the images.

          Google don’t censor images in this way. They use low res or limit zoom level (see any mil site), not redacting with black squares (i.e. drawing attention directly to it).

          • Jesseham says:

            Tell that to Yahoo.

          • ocker3 says:

             Uh, Google != Yahoo. Bumblebeee… Didn’t say map-making companies, he said Google

          • Itsumishi says:

            Strange that both Google and Yahoo have obviously used different images for their maps, yet both have the ‘island’ blacked out. I really want to know what exactly is going on here.

          • imag says:

            Itsumishi – not only that, but they both have surrounding sea level data that shows a rise in sea level at that point.  It seems odd that all that data was fabricated in two different maps with two different data sets.

  4. Josh Jasper says:

    Well jeeze, not after Jack pulled out the stone plug and reset the Island.

  5. kenmce says:

    Mapping companies will sometimes put in a fake street so they can tell if someone else has stolen their work.  Never saw a whole fake island before though.  Hey, look in the close up, I see a guy running from some kind of giant white rolling ball-thing, maybe ***No Signal***

  6. Michael Rosefield says:

    Sheesh man, it’s just a regular magical shrouded island, let it go people.

  7. mortdieu says:

    Maybe it only appears when the stars are right? In which case, I imagine the researchers should be very grateful indeed it had sunk again by the time they got there….

  8. Snarf says:

    Finally something Apples new ios maps app seems to get right!

  9. pete_darby says:

    I’m not saying R’lyeh… but R’lyeh.

  10. dougkaye says:

    Just another victim of global warming.

  11. olrandir says:

    On an entirely unrelated note, in “The Call of Cthulhu” Lovecraft actually placed R’lyeh in the south Pacific. So, it might actually exist, but only when the stars are right!

  12. Ashen Victor says:

    Maybe the BLOOP was really the island disappearing!!!

  13. Wreckrob8 says:

    Has anybody counted them all? Maybe there’s a new one somewhere else.

  14. sqyntz says:

    It’d be freaky if a volcano erupts there next week…

  15. Craig Kaplan says:

    It isn’t there.  It’s a black rock.  Uninhabitable.  Terraforming failed, or some such…

  16. barrie says:

    Nothing to see here (and certainly not a badly redacted French secret island laboratory in the south pacific .)  Avancer, avancer …

  17. blueelm says:

    Kind of interesting then to me that if this thing has been on maps for a while no one yet thought to take a look at it before?

  18. jetfx says:

    As a cartographer, this is a really easy and common mistake to make. Once something like this gets into the data, it just gets repeated, and since there is nothing there of interest, no one goes out to check. While the world is technically all mapped, there are large parts of it that are mapped at very low ‘resolution’, because no one lives there, and there are no resource extraction operations there.

  19. kiergsmith says:

    Well, I just looked with Terra/Modis Rapid Response, and as of yesterday it’s not there.


    Looks like yesterday was not a bad day around there.  Maybe it’s time to spend my holidays searching for missing islands in the S. Pacific

  20. Sarge Misfit says:

    Now where did I park my island …. ?

  21. peregrinus says:

    Someone tell me this isn’t where Amelia Earhart was headed.

  22. RogerStrong says:

    The presence of this island would have expanded any fishing and resources claims for France.  Perhaps someone was careful not to remove the error.

  23. ObeyMyBrain says:

    Sounds like the plot from a 70′s Bond movie.

  24. Jorpho says:

    There is no Sandy Island.  Sandy Island is named for its extensive, pristine white beaches.  There are no beaches.

  25. Jesseham says:

    They may redact it from maps, but what they forgot to do so for images…

    • blueelm says:

      Well… I can’t tell if you’re joking or not, but there are several “sandy islands” out there. One is off the coast of South Carolina, for instance. 

  26. Nofare says:

    My home country of New Caledonia mentioned on BoingBoing?! I can now die and swim back to Rlyeh in peace.

  27. freshyill says:

    The island is there. It just isn’t there right *now*.

    Has Lost taught us nothing, people?

  28. efergus3 says:

    And now all 73 of the former inhabitants are looking at each other and going: “Alright, who forgot to lock up when we went on vacation?”

  29. voiceinthedistance says:

    All this bad PR means the value of my Sandy Island timeshare just plummeted.  My loss is your gain, though.  Anybody want to trade two weeks there in December, in exchange for a long weekend in Jersey City sometime in February?  Sandy Island is the ideal place to get away from it all.

  30. mrtut says:

    Is it located at 47°9′S 126°43′W , or is it at approximately 12°S 78°E ?

  31. ntsteflonnts says:

    As we all know, the island isn’t there because Juliette detonated the hydrogen bomb, causing an alternate timeline.  That, and they’re all in heaven or purgatory, or something.

  32. Could this be the secret headquarters of International Rescue?

  33. herke anderson says:

    damn there goes the vacation again!

  34. Philboyd Studge says:

    It may be Brigadoon – I’m sure it will turn up in a bit.

  35. bo1n6bo1n6 says:

    It’s a trap!

  36. David says:

    When Merlin awakes from the Crystal Cave located there, the mists will disappear, the land will take corporeal form, and we’ll all know it to be the Isle of Avalon.

  37. Preston Sturges says:

    I wrote to Google last year because on the topo view in Google Maps they had mislabeled a small river and a number of streams in my old stomping grounds.  They  applied the same label to several  of them.   i got an acknowledgment email a couple months later.

    • Luther Blissett says:

       Try MapMaker next time (if available in your country, that is).

      Took them a couple of hours (!WTF!?) to fix a misnomer of an island in the Indian Ocean for me. Which was also misnomed in several language versions of Wikipedia because of the interwebz recursion department of recursion.
      Wonder how long it will take to correct all the wiki pages…

  38. So that’s what the island from Lost is called. Probably teleported away. 

  39. DJ Byzantine says:

    Has anyone thought about the fact that there might have been an underground nuclear test there by the French??? 

  40. capl says:

    I’m surprised no one has brought up the theory that one of the scientists (Dr. Steven Micklethwaite) has, that the original source of their charts was a CIA map.  Link with audio interview…

  41. Luther Blissett says:

    Nofare, If the price of Nickel is going to rise again like in 2007, you’ll be on MANY maps.

    Just out of curiosity, do you have “domestic” mail service to France? One of the puzzling realizations of my  early teens was when I grasped that France and Portugal really still had colonies. And that you could just travel there without any paperwork. (Except for the costs!) New Caledonia is on my list of “must see” places on this planet.

  42. jhertzli says:

    THEY are trying to hide something … like the presence of seven stranded castaways…

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