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    Re: Mecca
    From: Richard B. Langley
    Date: 2000 Aug 24, 8:48 PM

    I have the coordinates in my office at the university and will send them along
    tomorrow.
    -- Richard Langley
       Professor of Geodesy and Precision Navigation
    
    On Fri, 25 Aug 2000, R.H. van Gent wrote:
    
    >Dear all,
    >
    >I hope that my query will not be too much out of place on this list but
    >I would be most grateful if anyone could help me on this matter.
    >
    >As most list members will know the Kabah of Mecca (Saudi Arabia)
    >represents the geographical centre of the Islamic world and its exact
    >position with respect to Greenwich would seem to be exactly known. I
    >know that up to fairly recent times this was not so due to the fact that
    >the city of Mecca was (and still is) forbidden territory for
    >non-Muslims, making it virtually impossible for European surveyors to
    >determine its position with any exactitude.
    >
    >Modern encyclopaedias, atlases and internet gazetteers all give its
    >position as 21 degree 27 minutes North and 39 degree 49 minutes East of
    >Greenwich but do not specify for which part of Mecca this refers to. Can
    >anyone on this list quote more precise figures for the geographical
    >position of the Kabah of Mecca, preferably with a reference, or direct
    >me to sources that can provide me with this information?
    >
    >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    *                                 *
    >********************************************************
    >* Home page: http://www.phys.uu.nl/~vgent/homepage.htm *
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     Richard B. Langley                            E-mail: lang---.ca
     Geodetic Research Laboratory                  Web: http://www.unb.ca/GGE/
     Dept. of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering    Phone:    +1 506 453-5142
     University of New Brunswick                   Fax:      +1 506 453-4943
     Fredericton, N.B., Canada  E3B 5A3
         Fredericton?  Where's that?  See: http://www.city.fredericton.nb.ca/
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