Friday, September 09, 2016

Global Opposites - Antipodes

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In geography, the antipode  of any place on Earth is the point on the Earth's surface that is diametrically opposite to it. A pair of antipodes are two points that are antipodal  to each other and are connected by a straight line running through the centre of the Earth.

The word antipodes comes from the Greek: ἀντίποδες, plural of antipous (ἀντίπους), "with feet opposite (ours)", from anti- "opposed" and pous "foot". The Greek word is attested in Plato's dialogue Timaeus, already referring to a spherical Earth, explaining the relativity of the terms "above" and "below":
For if there were any solid body in equipoise at the center of the universe, there would be nothing to draw it to this extreme rather than to that, for they are all perfectly similar; and if a person were to go round the world in a circle, he would often, when standing at the antipodes of his former position, speak of the same point as above and below; for, as I was saying just now, to speak of the whole which is in the form of a globe as having one part above and another below is not like a sensible man.
~ Plato ~
Where on the planet is antipodal to Deepwater where my feet stand.  Well you can go to this link and find out what the antipodes are.   

Where is antipodal to Deepwater NSW is off the west coast of the Western Sahara desert in the Atlantic Ocean.

What made me interested in these points on the earth was the understanding that they appear to be places of great significance from ancient times exactly on these points.

The Great Pyramid is aligned with Machupicchu, the Nazca lines and Easter Island along a straight line around the center of the Earth, within a margin of error of less than one tenth of one degree of latitude. Other sites of ancient construction that are also within one tenth of one degree of this line include:
Perseopolis, the capital city of ancient Persia; Mohenjo Daro, the ancient capital city of the Indus Valley; and the lost city of Petra. The Ancient Sumarian city of Ur and the temples at Angkor Wat are within one degree of latitude of this line.

To read more about this please go here  to Graham Hancock's

Exploring Geographic and Geometric Relationships Along a Line of Ancient Sites Around the World

Images @ Eminpee Fotography

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