Geographical centre of Earth

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Geographical centre of Earth is located in Earth
Geographical centre of Earth
Holger Isenberg's 2003 calculation of the geographical centre of all land surfaces on Earth: İskilip, Turkey.
Geographical centre of Earth is located in Middle East
Geographical centre of Earth
Geographical centre of Earth (Middle East)

The geographical centre of Earth is the geometric centre of all land surfaces on Earth. In a more strict definition, it is the superficial barycenter of the mass distribution produced by treating each continent or island as a region of a thin shell of uniform density and approximating the geoid with a sphere. The centre is inside Earth but can be projected to the closest point on the surface.

History of the concept[edit]

Geographical centre of Earth is located in Earth
Geographical centre of Earth
Charles Piazzi Smyth's 1864 calculation of the geographical centre of all land surfaces on Earth: Giza, Egypt.[1]
Geographical centre of Earth is located in Middle East
Geographical centre of Earth
Geographical centre of Earth (Middle East)

In 1864, Charles Piazzi Smyth, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, gave in his book Our Inheritance in the Great Pyramid the coordinates with 30°00′N 31°00′E / 30.000°N 31.000°E / 30.000; 31.000 (Geographical centre of all land surfaces on Earth (Smyth 1864)), the location of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.[2][3] He stated that this had been calculated by "carefully summing up all the dry land habitable by man all the wide world over".[2]

In October of that year, Smyth proposed to position the prime meridian at the longitude of the Great Pyramid because there it would "pass over more land than [at] any other [location]". He also argued the cultural significance of the location and its vicinity to Jerusalem. The expert committee deciding the issue, however, voted for Greenwich because "so many ships used the port of London".[3] Referring to Smyth's book, Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard wrote in his 1884 book, The Imaginary Metrological System of the Great pyramid of Gizeh [sic], that the perfect location of the Great Pyramid along the longitudinal line could only have been purposefully done by its builders.[4]

In the September 1919 issue of Trestle Board Magazine, Mason William Galliher stated that knowledge of the Great Pyramid being the geographical center was "determined by many years of scientific investigation" and that the Great Pyramid was likely to be the "last of the present land surface of the earth" to survive a cataclysmic event, due to its positioning.[5]

Geographical centre of Earth is located in Earth
Geographical centre of Earth
Andrew J. Woods's 1974 calculation of the geographical centre of all land surfaces on Earth: Kırşehir, Turkey.
Geographical centre of Earth is located in Middle East
Geographical centre of Earth
Geographical centre of Earth (Middle East)

In 1973, Andrew J. Woods, a physicist with Gulf Energy and Environmental Systems in San Diego, California, used a digital global map and calculated the coordinates on a mainframe system as 39°00′N 34°00′E / 39.000°N 34.000°E / 39.000; 34.000 (Geographical center of all land surfaces on Earth (Woods 1973)), in modern-day Turkey, near the district of Kırşehir, Kırşehir Province, approx. 1,800 km north of Giza.[6] In 2003, a refined result was yielded by Holger Isenberg: 40°52′N 34°34′E / 40.867°N 34.567°E / 40.867; 34.567 (Mathematical World-Formula: The geographical center of Earth (Isenberg 2003)),[7] also in Turkey, near the district of İskilip, Çorum Province, approx. 200 km northeast of Ankara. In 2016, Google Maps marked Isenberg's result of 40°52′N 34°34′E / 40.867°N 34.567°E / 40.867; 34.567 (Turkey’s Çorum as center of the Earth (Google 2016))Coordinates: 40°52′N 34°34′E / 40.867°N 34.567°E / 40.867; 34.567 (Turkey’s Çorum as center of the Earth (Google 2016)) as the geographical center of Earth. [8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Isenberg, Holger. "Giza, Center of Earth (page 3 of 10)". mars-news.de. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b Smyth, Charles Piazzi (1864). Our inheritance in the Great Pyramid. London: W. Isbister & Co. pp. V, 55, 460.
  3. ^ a b Wilson, Colin; Rand Flem-Ath (2002). The Atlantis Blueprint: Unlocking The Ancient Mysteries Of A Long-Lost Civilization. Random House Digital, Inc. pp. 63–64. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
  4. ^ Barnard, Frederick Augustus Porter (1884). The imaginary metrological system of the Great pyramid of Gizeh. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 12–13. Retrieved May 4, 2012. geographical center earth pyramid.
  5. ^ William Galliher (September 1919). "The Riddle of Cheops Pyramid". Trestle Board Magazine. Kessinger Publishing. 33 (3): 9. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
  6. ^ Woods, Andrew J. (1973). The Center of the Earth. I.C.R. Technical Monographs. 3. London: I.C.R.
  7. ^ Isenberg, Holger. Giza: Center of Earth, page 5, 2003. http://mars-news.de/pyramids/gizacenter5.html
  8. ^ Google marks Turkey’s Çorum as center of the Earth

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