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    The Prime Meridian
    From: Mal Misuraca
    Date: 1997 Dec 10, 8:49 PM

      If anyone has a question why it took so long to get universal agreement on
    the meridian at Greenwich as the one-and-only zero longitude line, here is an
    excerpt from Lecky (1917 edition):
    
      The starting point [for determination of longitude] is the meridian at the
    transit instrument at the Royal Observatory of Greenwich; and, by
    international consent, it has recently been arranged that this will in future
    be considered the First Meridian for the entire globe, and foreign charts
    graduated accordingly.  At the Conference the French representative stood on
    his dignity and was the only dissenter---on what grounds the writer does not
    know, as England for many a long day has certainly taken the lead in maritime
    matters. . . .
    
      With that most reasonable explanation, it is difficult to see why
    controversy continued to rage for so long among so many about so little.
    
      Mal Misuraca
      Passage East
      Sausalito
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