Register | Login


From the northern coast of Norway to the southern coast of Ukraine runs a chain of survey triangulation points that together forms the Struve Geodetic Arc. It stretches from Hammerfest (Norway) on the shores of the Arctic Ocean to Nekrasivka (Ukraine) by the Black Sea, a distance of 2,820 km, snaking in and out of numerous territories, that today belong to ten different countries. The arc was established by the German-born Russian scientist Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve, who undertook a thirty-nine-year-long survey, between 1816 and 1855, to determine the shape and size of the earth. The survey yielded the first accurate measurement of a meridian arc, which in turn allowed the first precise measurement of the earth’s diameter.

struve-geodetic-arc-6

The northernmost station of the Struve Geodetic Arc is located in Fuglenes, Norway. Photo credit: Francesco Bandarin/Wikimedia

Read more »
© Amusing Planet, 2016.


Loading...


Jacqueline Fernandez might be a Criminal as per Law

Sony Charishta Looks Beyond Gorgeous in Saree

Shilpa Shetty Joins Celebrating International Yoga Day

Shruti Haasan Gorgeous in Femina Magazine July 2016

Malaika Arora Workout Pics and Diet Plan

Welwitschia Mirablilis An Extraordinary Plant

The Boab Prison Trees of Australia

Frying Pan Lake of New Zealand