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Post(Belated) Greetings from the Mitad del Mundo (John Eipper, USA, 12/27/15 12:39 pm)
Aldona took this photo during our Ecuador sojourn, and I've been remiss about posting. Here, just north of Quito, I stand for the first time with one foot in each hemisphere. I am facing east, with my right foot in the South and my left foot in the North.
Later on our Ecuador trip, I learned that the precise Equatorial line is about 250 meters away. GPS technology in recent years was responsible for the correction, but it would have been very difficult for the Ecuadorian government to relocate that huge monument.
So my pose is more symbolic than scientific. Still, I'm struck by its WAISly significance. See below. More Ecuador photos in the coming days.
JE at Mitad del Mundo Park, Ecuador, 16 December 2015
Antonio de Ulloa and the Mapping of the Equator
(Anthony J Candil, USA
12/27/15 2:40 PM)
Actually, John, if you check the memorial behind you, you will see it's dedicated to Antonio de Ulloa, a Spanish seaman, who claimed the finding.
I'm in touch in Spain with Juan de Ulloa, one of his descendants, and a very interesting person.
Have fun and Happy New Year!
JE comments: According to Wikipedia, Ulloa was only 19 when he took part in the French geodesic mission in Ecuador (1735). Later, in the 1760s, he was the first Spanish governor of Louisiana.
Happy New Year, Anthony! I'm presently in the same state as you (Texas), and the rains pounding Houston are relentless. They remind me of the downpours at the Cuyabeno rain forest.