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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009
    Upstate NY

    Scottish isle from which Orwell warned of dystopia erased from map by technology

    A great (and lengthy) read from The Atlantic, recommended to anyone who likes maps and cartography, or George Orwell, or tiny Scottish isles, particularly one called Jura. Oh, and/or the Google Maps system which caused it to disappear.

    A Lost Scottish Island, George Orwell, and the Future of Maps
    A 141 square-mile island vanished from Google Maps in early July, and the company
    has yet to restore it. What do mapping glitches mean for little-known places?

    You can't find the Western Scottish isle of Jura, a remote 141-square-mile mass of green and bog in the Atlantic's Inner Hebrides archipelago, on Google Maps any longer. Its name -- thought to be derived from the Norse term for "Island of Deer" -- and its single road now simply float in the middle of the pixelated ocean, unconnected to any actual geographic feature.

    Rising seas have not swallowed the territory; its odd disappearance is merely a product of a data glitch somewhere on the computer giant's servers. Locals first discovered that their remote island -- which is 31 miles long and has lots of wilderness but only one real village -- had fallen into the digital abyss at the beginning of July.
    much more at the link

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Nothing to see here, move along...
    I wonder if that happened to Avalon??

    LOLing at the irony of Orwell's island disappearing.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Upstate NY
    Orwell's choice of Jura for a home was always an odd one. Plagued as he was most of his life with lung problems - not helped a bit by getting shot through the throat while fighting as a Republican in the Spanish Civil War - the windswept and rain-friendly Jura was not exactly an obvious choice.

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