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A phantom island disapears into the waters of the Pacific Ocean

A phantom island disapears into the waters of the Pacific Ocean

Updated 23 November 2012, 18:30 AEST

An island that's been listed for years on world maps and Google Earth has turned out not to exist, according to Australian scientists.

Sandy Island was supposed to have been situated between Australia and New Caledonia.

Researchers from the University of Sydney have now visited the island's supposed location - where they found nothing but open ocean.

Corinne Podger reports.

Presenter: Corinne Podger

Speaker: Michael Prince, director, Australian Hydrographic Service; Savin Zahirovic, researcher, University of Sydney

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