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    Re: The flat earth notion
    From: Jim Thompson
    Date: 2003 Nov 5, 07:04 -0400

    If I had arrived at the North Pole, would I not simply be starting out on a
    loxodrome heading south, on a bearing 180 degrees greater than the one I had
    arrived on at the North Pole, eventually to arrive at the South Pole?
    I visualized myself travelling on a ship through the North Pole on a
    constant bearing.  Not vanishing into the ether in my mind, I then I drew
    the situation on a sketch map with the North Pole at the center, and the
    lines of longitude radiating out from the Pole.  I drew my heading as a
    straight line entering the Pole at 045 degrees.  According to the diagram,
    it appears that I would leave the Pole on a heading of 225 degrees.
    Jim Thompson
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    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: Navigation Mailing List
    > [mailto:NAVIGATION-L@LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM]On Behalf Of Herbert Prinz
    > Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2003 5:25 AM
    > Subject: Re: The flat earth notion
    > On a spheroidal earth, if you proceed on a rhumb line with
    > constant speed, you
    > will arrive at a pole after a finite time. You won't be able to
    > stop your vessel
    > at this very moment, because of your inertia . This raises the puzzling
    > question: Where will you be a second after you will have passed
    > through the
    > pole? Neither Dutton nor Bowditch has the answer.

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