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    History of the International Date Line
    From: R.H. van Gent
    Date: 2001 Feb 21, 9:36 AM

    Dear all,
    
    More than a year ago I have pestered several list members of the
    discussion groups mentioned above for information on the International
    Date Line (IDL) and its history.
    
    I have recently organised my material on this topic and now made it
    available to all at my web site:
    
      http://www.phys.uu.nl/~vgent/idl/idl.htm
    
    It is still preliminary in the sense that several items (marked in red)
    still need to be checked or need further attention.
    
    My reason for posting this version is that some of the open ends could
    possibly be solved with the help of you out there. I would especially
    like to obtain information on the following pressing questions:
    
      1) Who was the hydrographer to the British Navy in 1921?
    
      2) Who has easy access to copies of the Pacific Ocean Pilot
         (whatever edition) and can provide me with details of how
         the IDL is delineated in it?
    
      3) Who has reliable information on the eastern boundary lines
         of the island republic of Kiribati as it is part of the
         current IDL?
    
    I am of course always open for comments, corrections and suggestions for
    other materials to add.
    
    Thanks in advance,
    
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    * Robert H. van Gent * Tel/Fax:  00-31-30-2720269      *
    * Zaagmolenkade 50   *                                 *
    * 3515 AE Utrecht    * E-mail: r.h.vangent{at}astro.uu.nl *
    * The Netherlands    *                                 *
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    * Homepage: http://www.phys.uu.nl/~vgent/homepage.htm  *
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