"Undiscovery" of island near Australia traced to cartographic error

11/26/2012 | TG Daily · Guardian (London), The

Scientists researching tectonic evolution in the Coral Sea found something was missing off the coast of Australia -- a large island that is represented on Google Earth and whose existence has even been cited by the CIA. Staffers at the Auckland Museum in New Zealand subsequently traced the error to the 19th-century whaling ship Velocity, whose master first reported the "Sandy Islets" in 1876. The feature was included on a 1908 admiralty chart and reportedly remained accepted until last week.

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