Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Google Maps World's Newest Island

A new island has been formed in the Atlantic after the eruption of an underwater volcano. Scientists say that the new island is likely to be highly unstable, and dangerous to visitors. Despite the instability of the island Google Maps has already been updated with a map of the world's newest landmass.

I assume that Google mapped the new island using the latest Landsat satellite imagery. On Google Maps the island is called Null Island. I'm not sure where the name originates, and it seems that the UN has yet to officially recognize the island's name as 'Null Island'.

Despite being the world's newest country the island (inevitably) already has its own website, The Republic of Null Island. The Republic of Null Island website refers to the 'long history' of the inhabitants (referred to on the site as Null Islanders). It would be safe to assume that The Republic of Null Island website is not meant to be taken entirely seriously.

Null Island also already has its own entry on Wikipedia.

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