Geographical centre of all land surfaces on Earth

KabbahIt is tradition in South Asian countries that Imam of the mosque give a speech before Juma prayer. It is in addition to the Khutba (Sermon) which is part of the Juma prayer after the Salat. In one of these speeches, when I was 10 or 12, I remember Moulvi Saheb saying that Allah created earth from the center, where Kaaba stands now. Kaaba is the starting point and earth bloomed form that point.The Kaaba mosque is the cradle of earth and Prophet Ibrahim was directed by Allah to build the mosque as being the center of earth….blah, blah, blah.

Of course I believed at that time and in few years just dismissed all that after reading books borrowed from US Consulate. I was astonished to see the post on FB again today that Kaaba is center of earth. The person originally posted in a photo format with some other details about Kaaba, claims to be working for The National Geographic office in Sydney Australia. He/she has a fake ID, but other things on his/her page indicate that person is a woman of Pakistani origin (a guess)

It is really amazing how a person can be so degenerate that even living in a modern country, working in a prestigious organization dealing about earth will still believe that Kaaba is at center of earth. here is the details of center of earth as per Wikipedia:

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.

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, the location of the Great Pyramid of Giza[1][2] In addition, in October of that year, Smyth attempted to have the Great Pyramid be labeled as the prime meridian because that location meant it would “pass over more land than any other”. 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”.[2] Referring to Smyth’s book, Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard wrote in his 1884 book, The imaginary metrological system of the Great pyramid of Gizeh, that the perfect location of the Great Pyramid along the longitudinal line could only have been purposefully done by its builders.[3]

In the September 1919 issue of Trestle Board MagazineMason 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.[4] However, in 2007, Susan Wise Bauer claimed in her book Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome, that the theory that the Great Pyramid was the geographical centre of Earth would only hold true if a Mercator projection is used as the map for Earth, which was “unlikely to have been a common practice of the ancient Egyptians”.[5]

In 1973, Andrew J. Woods, a physicist with Gulf Energy & Environmental Systems in San Diego, used a digital global map and calculated the coordinates on a mainframe system as 39°00′N 34°00′E, 1000 km north of Giza and 150 km southeast of AnkaraTurkey.[6]

In 2003, a revised calculation using the higher resolution ETOPO2[7] global digital elevation model (DEM) with data points every 2′ (3.7 km near equator) led to a more precise result of 40°52′N 34°34′E (180 km northeast of Ankara) and thereby validated Woods’ calculation.[8]

GeoHack page link for the map of location:  http://tools.wmflabs.org/geohack/geohack.php?pagename=Geographical_centre_of_Earth&params=40_52_N_34_34_E_type:landmark_scale:1000000&title=Geographical+centre+of+all+land+surfaces+on+Earth+%28Isenberg+2003%29

 

 

 

 

 

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