Day 181 – Center of the world
2009/03/12 § Leave a comment
I visited Mitad del Mundo today, presumably the exact location of the equator, which gave Ecuador its name. But even though there is a very official looking monument to mark the spot, where tourists have their picture taken, there is something fishy about the place. Let us see what Wikipedia has to say about it:
The 30-meter-tall monument, built between 1979 and 1982, was constructed to mark the point where the equator was thought to pass through the country at the time. In fact, a line down the center of the east-facing staircase, and across the plaza, was meant to mark the equator, and countless tourists over the years have had their pictures taken straddling this line. Also, residents said that among other things, placing one foot in the northern hemisphere and the other foot in the southern hemisphere makes you stand right in the equator and weigh less at the equator. However, the entire structure is about 240 meters south of the true equator, which was not precisely located until recently, with the advent of GPS technology.
Why I am I not surprised? 😉