Roanoke is a low, narrow island between the mainland and the islands of the Outer Banks. The island has thick wetlands, tall oak trees and a lot of wildlife. Today it appears when the colonists arrived.

Is the bold sentence wrong? If so, which part is wrong?

Thanks a lot!
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Today it appears when the colonists arrived.


The only reading I have is:

Today it is obvious/clear when the colonists arrived.

The reasons for this clarity aren't clear to me:-) from the context, thus Richard may well be right.

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appear

4 a : to be clear to the mind : be obvious or evident b : to reveal itself to an observer or reader : be manifest

Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged.
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I also think sth is missing.

quote:
appear

4 a : to be clear to the mind : be obvious or evident b : to reveal itself to an observer or reader : be manifest

Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged.

The only examples I can remember for this meaning of "appear" are:

There appears to be a problem here.
It appears that we have a problem here.


Is Jerry's reading possible too?!
I'm afraid not, my friend. The meaning Jerry has suggested is TOTALLY out of context with the passage.

It also helps to know something about the history and the area being discussed. No, the simple fact is that there are words missing, an all-too-often occurrence these days when so many writers are very lazy about proofreading their work before publishing it.

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