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Some confusion here... there's the 'topic' Phantom Island, and the 'category' Phantom Island, and the latter is a lot smaller! How does one clean this up?

You have to visit each of the articles and add [[Category:Phantom islands]] to its source if it isn't already there. The Phantom islands page will be automatically updated. --Spudtater 17:55, 8 May 2005 (UTC)

I thought a "phantom island" was one which exists only at high tide. It's called a "phantom", I suppose, because it disappears like a ghost at low tide.

I propose that this article be renamed to "mythical islands" or "Islands of Myth".

California used to be thought to be an island. Can that be added here? If so, are there others like that? RickK 20:07, Jun 20, 2004 (UTC) - I think it needs another category as it's not mythical.

I noticed Swain's Island was on the list. Is that the same island as modern day Swains Island???-Falphin

For purposes of clarity, I have distinguished between "phantom islands" and Lost Lands. The lost lands were tacked on to the end of this article in a separate list but had no relevance to the definition of phantom islands given at the top of the page. I've added a link to the new article, as well, to help avoid confusion. Rejohnson83 1 May 05.

COMMENT : The sentence beginning "I thought a "phantom island . . . ." should read ". . . was one which exists only at low tide. It's called a "phantom", I suppose, because it disappears like a ghost at high tide".

What is "BCE?" It said "fourth century BCE." I changed "fourth century" to "4th century," but is that supposed to be "4th century BC"--as in "Before Christ?"

BCE is the current terminology used globally to refer to B.C., as the latter term is considered religious in nature, as opposed to the Common Era terminology.Wzrd1 (talk) 02:12, 16 June 2012 (UTC)

Filippo reef[edit]

What about the "Filippo reef", believed to exist somewhere east from Starbuck, line islands in the Pacific Ocean. Navigators heading from Tahiti to Hawaii consider wise to take an eastward route to avoid hiting the Filippo, so nobody goes where it is supposed to be and then nobody can verify that it really exists ???

Is there are source for this claim? --Gene_poole 23:27, 14 June 2006 (UTC)

I went on a trip to the line islands and it was on the itinerary, but we did not find it. That said it is very hard to prove that the something does not exist. The only reference is on the wikipedia article and dates back to 1926. Normally on that basis I would say it might well exist, but looking at the sea bed topograpic data, also referenced on the article, I would say it is unlikely to exist. Does anyone know how to get satellite photos of the area which may cast light on the subject? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:18, 22 February 2011 (UTC)

Navigational charts will show "missing" land, such as land that is submerged by tides, many such areas are mapped by sonar. Others, by historic measurements that are later re-verified. So, it's NOT hard to prove something does not exist in geological terms. ESPECIALLY since anything that goes underwater part of the time would be shallow enough to sink expensive merchant vessels.Wzrd1 (talk) 02:12, 16 June 2012 (UTC)

Phantom island[edit]

This article doesn't cite any sources. A google search on "phantom island" turns up this Wikipedia article and pages for places named Phantom Island, but not much evidence for "phantom island" as a common phrase. Can anyone give evidence that "phantom island" is used to mean "islands that are believed to exist and appear on maps for a period of time (sometimes centuries) but are later removed after they are proved nonexistant or the general population no longer believes they exist." --Akhilleus (talk) 15:46, 13 October 2006 (UTC)

There are probably many references; one is Donald S. Johnson, Phantom Islands of the Atlantic: The Legends of Seven Lands That Never Were ISBN 0380730782.

Caravanserralius Island[edit]

What and where is Caravanserralius Island? There don't seem to be any Google hits that don't come form this article. It doesn't have an aricle of its own so it's just a name in a list and a dubious one at that. Is it fictional? Flapdragon 12:33, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

The other phantom islands[edit]

What about the phantom islands that are said to disappear and reappear? I thought Antilia was one example, but I don't see anything regarding this topic anywhere on Wikipedia... Would be nice to see it mentioned somewhere. 05:10, 4 April 2007 (UTC)