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The More Simple GPS Locations
Time Zones, Global Positioning, Potential New Cities: All these locations are defined by their simple Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates. It is easy to project that each will be in part defined by the explorations of the meaning of their number. Each place could be be laid out by their coordinates; and in each, those numbers take on character, depth, and charm. The longitudinal lines were instantiated in 1884 at the International Meridian conference. The latitudinal are defined by the Poles at 90° and the Equator at 0° Today, the longitudinal lines have become definitive frames of reference given the history of mapping, navigation, and air travel. More...
The most subtle and compelling qualities and values will be hypostatized over and above the exacting standards instantiated earlier through agreements that then became accepted as the standard.
There are two possible lines that define these same whole number GPS coordinates. For simplicity, we divide them as those north of the Equator at 0° 0° and those south of the equator. There are two locations at 10° 10° and 20° 20° as well as 30° 30° so some differentiations should be established early.
The North/East Line: It is north of the Equator and east of 0° also know as the Prime Meridian, International Meridian or Greenwich Meridian. This is the longest line over land and runs from within Russia at 70/70 down to Nigeria at 6/6.
The North/West Line: It is north of the Equator and west of 0°. This is the shortest of the four lines. One might say that it "begin" over land in Senegal at 16/16 and ends at 6/6 in Côte d'Ivoire before going out over the water again. All other locations north of 16/16 are over water.
The South/East Line: It is south of the Equator and east of the Prime Meridian or 0° longitude. It begins at 13S 13E in Angola, goes through Namibia and Botswana, South Africa and Lesotho, and then goes out over the ocean after 30/30 near Durban back in South Africa. It is totally over ocean until it gets to 70°S 70°W which is near Mount Stephenson near or on the Toynbee and Sedgwick Glaciers within British Antarctica.
The South/West Line is totally over oceans until it gets in and around the 70°S 70°W which is somewhere on the Amery Ice Shelf in the Antarctica.
On July 20, 2007, on his 60th birthday, Bruce Camber, the executive producer for Small Business School, departed from Dallas to go around the world as close as possible to the 60th parallel. Though 60/60 was considered, even the closest large airport had limited service. The first stop, Tokyo, is between the 35th and 36th parallels. Next stop, Beijing, is on the 40th. Even Ulaanbaater, capital of Mongolia is below the 60th. The very first stop on the 60th was St. Petersburg in Russia, then Helsinki in Finland, Oslo in Norway, and finally Iceland which is well above the 60th.
4. Thursday, May 27, 2010: Discovering 90 such simple quadrants. To sell an idea requires work. To sell a really big idea, requires a bit more work. These pages provide access to many of the visuals with Wikipedia, Google, The Confluence Project, and Panoramio. More....
10/10, 20/20, 30/30, 40/40, 50/50, 60/60 and 70/70 are all over land. These places can become global destinations much like Disney World.
Background: Numbers continue to change the way we see the world and ourselves. The use of numbers to quantify and position everything on earth is continually improving. Time Zones were perfectly defined but roughly applied based on political needs and biases. The mathematical and geometric basis for the time zones is a convention based on agreements. However, today those lines have become an absolute standard. Our Global Positioning System uses those lines literally to define every square inch of land and sea on earth. It is a stable consensus among the scientific community and it is not apt to change. More...
Simplicity. The simplest GPS numbers, like the simplest telephone numbers and simple addresses have perceived value.
Scientific, universal concurrence. Any person with a GPS device can automatically know where a GPS location is and they know they can find it. This measuring tool redefines location.
The future. As time moves on, the GPS designations will be increasingly important to everyone.
We believe that these "perfect" GPS coordinates will be located; and just because of those coordinates, the land will be shaped for symbolic uses and applications based on that number. Although there is a potential to make a mess within each location, creating these locations in a way that reflects the very nature of their number and the history of the nation where they are located, is a rich opportunity for the world to be involved in city planning as we answer the question, "Who are we?" And, "Who are we to become?"
Open questions: Could cities evolve and be simply know for their GPS coordinates? Is there a possibility that through such an activity we'll better understand the nature of numbers and the relation between qualities and quantities?