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Published on : Tuesday, August 8, 2017
The experts believe that the geographical blunders surfaced after advances in technology allowed officials to measure the earth more meticulously.
These include Ecuador’s Middle of the World, which was deemed the central meeting point of the four hemispheres by explorer Luis Tufiño in 1936. It is updated from the original monument in the 1970s. It was enhanced by a painted line on the pavement, which became a popular destination point for sightseers. However, the satellite images revealed that it’s nearly 800 feet (240 meters) south of the actual point that measures Latitude 0° 0’ 0”.
The famed Equator Monument in North Pontianak is giving the misleading the public. The officials erected a monument in 1991, which was based on the markings laid-out by a Dutch geographer when he visited Borneo in 1928. Unfortunately, the nature of land has meant that the equator line has actually moved south in the passing years.
A second line recorded the new recorded position in 2005, but – five years later in 2010 – it was said to have shifted again. Meanwhile, the Geographical Centre of South America in Brazil is also regarded as wrongly-located.
The little-known region of Cuiabá was hailed as the central point of South America way back in 1909 after the Brazilian military officer, Cândido Rondon, calculated it by dividing the country into equal quarters from all sides.
However, the GPS offered a more sophisticated approach in the 1990s, which identified the true centre as being 45 kilometres away, near the town of Chapada dos Guimaraes.
Lithuania’s Europos Park is sharing the same unreliable information. It was first opened in the 1990s to mark the dead-center of Europe. The geographical experts declared it the continent’s nucleus later revised their calculations.