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    So, for over a decade, Sandy Island or "L'Ile du Sable" had appeared on global maps purely because of imagery on Google Earth, and when scientists decided to confirm its location, nothing but blue water was evident. Surprising that in the era of GPS, cartographers can make a blunder of the "here be dragons" variety.
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    Wasn't it a Google Earth mistake rather than a cartography mistake? When the cartographers finally arrived, they found that Google was wrong.
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    Reminds me of Brasil island off the West of Ireland that featured on maps for 500 years or so, only coming off them in the mid 19th century, having never actually existed..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon.D View Post
    Reminds me of Brasil island off the West of Ireland that featured on maps for 500 years or so, only coming off them in the mid 19th century, having never actually existed..
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    The strange thing with that is that there was an island in that position at the end and after the last age, according to inundation maps of the area.
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    I think the clue may lie in the name "sandy" island. Probably nothing more than a significant sand bar and therefore susceptible to shifting sands, a phenonom all to evident even if one views the OSi website of the changing topographic photography of Ireland's estuaries over a period of 15 years Www.osi.ie
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    Quote Originally Posted by retep View Post
    I think the clue may lie in the name "sandy" island. Probably nothing more than a significant sand bar and therefore susceptible to shifting sands, a phenonom all to evident even if one views the OSi website of the changing topographic photography of Ireland's estuaries over a period of 15 years Ordnance Survey Ireland | Home
    That was my first thought - but it seems where Sandy Island isn't, the water is 1,400m deep! That's a lot of sand!

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    Google is wrong with its map of my area. It has a large building at the entrance to a park, and several footpaths in the park are dead ends. Most of the footpaths it has drawn do not exist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FloatingVoterTralee View Post
    So, for over a decade, Sandy Island or "L'Ile du Sable" had appeared on global maps purely because of imagery on Google Earth
    I don't think any of the sources claim that the error originated with Google. The Guardian article says "It had also featured for the past 12 years on the usually reliable world coastline database." Ham radio operators undiscovered it in 2000 when it was on a National Geographic map.

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    I thought it had been on English maps for ages, but never on French maps as the non-existant island lay in French waters? It's good that Mother Nature still flummoxes us, isn't it. Did I spell flummox right? Strange word. I'm flummoxed by it. Now I will have to investigate that, let alone islands that don't exist.

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    There's another Isle De Sable, off the coast of Newfoundland. When I first saw it (from the cockpit of the aircraft) I thought it was a cloud on the horizon. A quick check on the map revealed the reality of it.
    When I got home and looked it up on the web it was fascinating. The only inhabitants are a herd of horses which were reputedly ship wrecked there two hundred years ago. The horses are the descendants of those taken from the Arcadian French who were driven out of eastern Canada 250 years ago.
    The island is no more than 50' at its highest point. It's incredible the horses have survived. Winters would be brutal.

    The Arcadian French shifted to Louisiana, and the name Cajun is a corruption of Arcadian.
    See here: Sable Island - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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