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'The Non-Existent Islands of the Antarctic'.

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The nineteen peri-Antarctic islands of the Southern Ocean and southern extents of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans, are relatively well known but, another nineteen islands have also appeared on charts. These are all non-existent, although some have shown remarkable cartographic persistence.

This lecture will describe these islands, endeavour to account for their ‘discovery’ and subsequent fate (‘expunged from the chart’).

Non-existent islands have appeared in all oceans of the Earth – but the far south has a greater preponderance than elsewhere. Illustrations will be provided as far as is practicable.

This talk is part of the Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute lecture series series.

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