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The More Simple GPS Locations

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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.


More references and key project pages

1. Thursday, March 26, 2009An Introduction and a look at the 60/60.  Not quite two years after chasing the 60th parallel, this page was posted on the web.   More....  

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.

2.  Sunday, November 8, 2009Learning one's Global Time Quadrants (GTQ)  More....

3.  Thursday, April 15, 2010 The most simple GPS positions.  Single numbers and all zeroes have a special elegance.  Here the study of those numbers begins.  More....

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?


Four simple, uniquely-defined locations on the earth

Russia:

  • 70.00.00° N 70.00.00° E:  About 20 miles from Neya-To, Yamalo-Nenetskiy avtonomnyy Okrug in Time Zone #8.  The most northern location, 70/70 is above the Artic Circle and may not be developed for awhile. Yet, a city so far north just might be a fitting place for all people turning 70 years old to go to visit to reflect about the meaning and value of life.

Kazakhstan

  • 50.00.00° N 50.00.00° E:  In the Torghay Oblysy near Besterk, Batys Qazaqstan (49° 55' 60N  50° 1' 60E) The most western section of Kazakhstan, this location is closer to Moscow than it is her capital city of Astana. The closest large city, Oral (once known as Uralsk), is the capital of the Western Kazakhstan Province. South east of 50/50 is the city of Atyrau, the capital of the Atyrau Province on the Caspian Sea. Though sparsely settled, it could become a significant, unique spot on earth to discern the meaning of 50. More...

Turkey

  • 40.00.00° N 40.00.00° E  Not far from Otlukbeli, Erzincan Time Zone 11.
    About 400 miles due west of Ankara, this location is quite rural and the towns near the location might welcome another excuse for tourists to come their way. It appears to be a wonderful place for a city, 40/40, that could become a center for all 40 year-old people to converge to discuss the meaning and value of life.  More....


These GPS locations share numbers but not the quadrant.

Egypt

  • 30.00.00° N 30.00.00° E About 33 miles from `Izbat Kafr Dāwūd (al-Buhayra), Matrūh  
    More details to follow...

South Africa

Chad

  • 20.00.00° N   20.00.00° E  About 70 miles from Ounianga Kébir, Borkou-Ennedi-Tibesti  An unlikely place for a sacred city, this land has been subject to many attempted coup d'etats and corruption, this country could benefit from a sacred city where values, integrity, ethics, joy and love are the focal points of its very being and self-definition.

Namibia

  • 20.00.00° S   20.00.00°E  About 40 miles from Tsumkwe, Otjozondjupa  The capital is Winhoek (22S 17E) and with just over two million people, it is the least densely populated area in Africa.  The land is mostly arid.  Since  1994, it has been an independent democratic republic. Hifikepunye Pohamba is the duly elected President of the country.  The country is well-positioned to capitalize on its appreciation of its natural resources.  She is the only country on the planet to incorporate conservation within their Constitution. It calls for the  protection her natural ecosystems, resources, and process.  It promotes conservation as a constitutional issue.   More...

Nigeria

  • 10.00.00 N   10.00.00 E   About 4 miles from Birim, Bauchi  The capital of the country is Abuja (9N 7E) and the largest city is Lagos.  With over 150 million people, it is the most populated country of Africa.  The country gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1960, then suffered through a three-year civil war.  There have been numerous coups.  Ethics and morality have a very weak foundation.  It would seem to be an unlikely place for special places about meaning and value, but for just that reason it should be pursued along with these other simple quadrants: 9°N/9°E8°N/8°E, 7°N/7°E, and 6°N / 6°E.   More...

Guinea

  • 10.00.00°N   10.00.00°W  About four miles from Bananko, Kankan.  The capital of the country is Conakry.  The Acting President through a military junta is Sekouba Konate.  It has a troubled history that is truly unfolding.  It is hard to believe, yet 10/10 could be used to continue the discussions about the basic principles for civility that began with Blaise Compaore (President of Burkina Faso) work with Konate and Moussa Dadis Camara who had ordered his soldiers to attack any people who protested (28 September 2009) and it resulted in mayhem, rape, mutilation and murder. Guinea needs a new metaphor.  Perhaps special places could be created at 10°N/10°W and  9°N/9°W  that could become centers for learning, commerce, and civility.   More...

Côte d'Ivoire

  • 8°N / 8° W:  Near Koulalé-Sokoroda, Biankouma
  • 7°N /7° W:   Over ten miles from Gengolo (Bangolo), Daloa
  • 6°N /6°W:   About six miles from Dougroupalényoa, Gagnoa