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I'm still new to editing so I thought I'd throw this up here to discuss before I head into the article and start editing. It's an article from an industry magazine with details from the Australian Hydrographic Service (AHS) which includes:
A theory from AHS for the reported sightings in 1876 supported by modern research by the AHS: in 1985 they found a submarine volcano "and noted areas of floating pumice" which they "strongly suspected it may have been an area of floating pumice which was sighted in 1876"
A date the island was removed from AHS products: 22 March 1985
This is a great source, Wrenoud, and adds a lot of clarity to the situation. Have at it! Strebe (talk) 22:13, 17 March 2013 (UTC)
So I take it that Strebe no longer believes that the nonexistence of Sandy Island is "just a big misunderstanding." I note the following statements from the AHS article: "The phantom island recently ’undiscovered’ was removed from the Australian produced International charts on 22 March 1985 following a deliberate and controlled search by the AHS. This search specifically proved it did not exist." Note that this was in 1985, giving the lie to the claim that something island-like had existed above water recently. "The image on Google Earth has been clearly altered, by either accident or design, but bears none of the characteristics of any other reef, shoal or island that can be seen nearby." I noted the altered nature of the Google image above, something Strebe called an "uninformed, officious pronouncement." It seems that Strebe would like to have it both ways -- abandoning his original position without ever actually having to admit that he was mistaken. RandomCritic (talk) 15:07, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
Does RandomCritic have something—anything—to say that is pertinent to this article? Or to any article? If not, what is “his” purpose and why is he violating Wikipedia guidelines by using an article’s Talk page to blather on about people’s opinions and attempting to incite pissing matches? Strebe (talk) 23:06, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
The first sentence citation is in error, and should be edited (I do not know how; never done this before). A BBC article is cited as the authority for the words "...removed from official French charts in 1979." However, the BBC article does not indicate "1979" or any other year. The article simply says "...the invisible island... does not feature on French government maps." --220.127.116.11 (talk) 00:47, 1 November 2013 (UTC)
It's cited in later sections of the article. That first sentence originally didn't mention the 1979 chart removal, which is why it's not cited by the article. I've added the other ref to it. - M0rphzone (talk) 21:59, 3 November 2013 (UTC)