The geographical center of Earth is the geometric center 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 center is inside Earth but can be projected to the closest point on the surface.
History of the conceptEdit
In 1864, Charles Piazzi Smyth, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, gave in his book Our Inheritance in the Great Pyramid the coordinates with , the location of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. He stated that this had been calculated by "carefully summing up all the dry land habitable by man all the wide world over".
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". 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.
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.
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 , in modern-day Turkey, near the district of Kırşehir, Kırşehir Province, approx. 1,800 km north of Giza. In 2003, a refined result was yielded by Holger Isenberg: , 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 Coordinates: as the geographical center of Earth.
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- Smyth, Charles Piazzi (1864). Our inheritance in the Great Pyramid. London: W. Isbister & Co. pp. V, 55, 460.
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- Barnard, Frederick Augustus Porter (1884). The Imaginary Metrological System of the Great Pyramid of Gizeh. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 12–13. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
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- William Galliher (September 1919). "The Riddle of Cheops Pyramid". Trestle Board Magazine. Kessinger Publishing. 33 (3): 9. ISBN 9780766140431. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
- Woods, Andrew J. (1973). The Center of the Earth. I.C.R. Technical Monographs. Vol. 3. London: I.C.R.
- Isenberg, Holger. Giza: Center of Earth, page 5, 2003. http://mars-news.de/pyramids/gizacenter5.html
- Google marks Turkey's Çorum as center of the Earth
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