The Un-discovered Islands

The Un-discovered Islands

An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes

Book - 2017
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Be prepared to be captivated by the astounding tales of two dozen islands once believed to be real but no longer on the map. These are the products of the imagination, deception, and human error: an archipelago of ex-islands and forgotten lands. From the well-known story of Atlantis and the mysteries of frozen Thule to more obscure tales from around the globe, and from ancient history right up to the present day, this is an atlas of legend and wonder, with glorious illustrations by Katie Scott.
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250148445
Branch Call Number: 909.0942 T14u
Characteristics: 143 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Scott, Katie
Alternative Title: Undiscovered islands


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Feb 13, 2018

I was excited to read this new publication as it's such a neat premise: a history of islands that were once thought to exist, but whose origins have proven mythical, due to navigational or cartographic errors, or wishful thinking. Incredibly, some of these islands have been removed from maps only within the last decade. Though boasting an attractive cover and internal artwork, the book would have been further enhanced by images of some of the erroneous maps showing the islands in question. I also couldn't help but wonder: Many islands have become "un-discovered" with the advent of satellites, but has the reverse occurred? Has satellite technology discovered any islands in a remote part of the world that no humans had encountered previously?

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