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    "Lost islands" by Stommel
    From: Wolfgang Köberer
    Date: 2011 Jul 16, 02:18 -0700

    Anyone interested in a follow up should read: Patrick D. Nunn,Vanished Islands
    and Hidden Continents of the Pacific, Honolulu 2009. You can even access it on the net: http://www.scribd.com/doc/33382943/Vanished-Islands-and-Hidden-Continents-of-the-Pacific, although I personally would rather read the book in its physical form. Nunn deals with "Los Jardines" among others, who - by the way Stommel tells us - were finally expunged by the International Hydrographic Bureau in 1973. Wouldn't prudence tell us to leave islands that have been reported by several people on the map until a reliable organization tells us that they have vanished?

    And now for something totally different:

    In his blog on the Board of Longitude project at the NMM Richard Dunn mentioned a paper read by Jane Wess of the Science Museum in London at a conference on Joseph Banks held at the NMM in Greenwich:

    "who showed through very careful research that the lunar distance method seems to have been very little used in the late-18th century. The main reason, she argued, is that it was just so complicated to do - a fair point. The evidence she produced was absolutely convincing, and it's certainly a really important point to bear in mind. We hope she publishes her work soon."

    That could fuel again the discussion here about how complicated lunars are and how much time it takes to solve them.

    Finally I must repeat Henry's question: Does anybody know more about George's state of health?


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