Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Interactive Map Shows Where On Earth You'd End Up If You Dug Straight Down

When I was a much younger Nag I used to spend time in my back yard in Montreal digging a hole that would take me through the earth's core to China. Now there is an Antipodes Map that will show you exactly where you'd end up if you dug straight down from your back garden to the other side of the earth.
(The antipodes of any place on the Earth is the point on the Earth's surface which is diametrically opposite to it. Two points that are antipodal to each other are connected by a straight line running through the centre of the Earth. An antipodal point it is often called an antipode (Wikipedia).)


Now I know that if I had dug through the earth with my little plastic shovel I would have ended up south of Australia in the Indian Ocean, not China after all. I'm glad I quit digging.

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4 comments:

xoxoxoBruce said...

The antipode for the entire US is the ocean between Madagascar and Australia, except Barrow AK is the edge on the Antarctic ice sheet and HI is Zambia, Africa.

The Nag said...

You must have done a lot of digging to discover that!

xoxoxoBruce said...

Lot of bodies to bury in my past.

The Nag said...

You're kidding, right? Right?