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    Re: Point Venus, August 1773
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2007 May 3, 12:12 -0400

    Yes, the land mile 5280 feet, not the nautical mile.
    Regarding the meter, I was just saying if it was easier to relate to
    latitude on the earth's surface.
    On May 3, 2007, at 10:47 AM, Alexandre E Eremenko wrote:
    > Fred,
    > On Thu, 3 May 2007, Fred Hebard wrote:
    >> If the meter had been a bit more accurate
    > I do not understand this sentence.
    > The meter standard is as accurate as modern technology permits.
    > (Its definition is not related to any meridian since
    > XIX century. There is just a standard of meter,
    > first it was some particular rod held in Paris, now
    > it is defined in terms of certain wavelength).
    > But the relation of the meter to the meridian seems irrelevant.
    > It would be of some relevance if we switched to the
    > metric system for angles (400 degrees in a circle).
    >> In the U.S., all surveys are in the English system and degrees-
    >> minutes-seconds.
    > You mean they use English mile?
    > Alex.
    > >
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