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    Re: International Date Line --invented by Schedler
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2011 Jul 10, 07:11 -0700
    Now I understand a bit better what you were getting at, Frank.   

    I will argue, though, that the 180th meridian makes a lot of logical sense as the IDL because (a) it's opposite Greenwich and (b) it's [mostly] in the middle of a vast empty space of water.   So it's a pretty reasonable place to make the switch in day.   But, wait, it's not perfect.  I assume that from the very beginning the IDL took a westward cut to go through the Bering Strait and not leave the western tip of Alaska in tomorrow-land.    But then there's the modern-day fiddling you mentioned -- Kiribati and Kwajalein. 

    Maybe we need to re-convene the International Meridian Conference???

    Lu Abel


    From: Frank Reed <FrankReed{at}HistoricalAtlas.com>
    To: NavList@fer3.com
    Sent: Sat, July 9, 2011 11:01:13 PM
    Subject: [NavList] Re: International Date Line --invented by Schedler

    <snip>

    The borders of time zones can be determined by consulting established laws. But the location of the international date line? There's no rules there...

    -FER

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