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In these days of digital cartography, we sometimes forget about some of those old-fashioned cartographic essentials - like MERIDIAN LINES. With no accurate measurement of longitude, there was no knowing if ships (and their cargos) would ever arrive on time. A while back here, I drew attention to articles on cartography in hidden europe magazine www.hiddeneurope.co.uk. Now I see that in the magazine's March 2007 issue, they have a very good article on the debate over where the Prime Meridian should properly be located. The full text of the article can be freely downloaded (for now at least) from the magazine's website. Go to the table of contents for the current issue, and then scroll down to the article entitled MERE CONVENTIONS: MERIDIAN LINES. The text is there as a pdf file.

In previous issues, the magazine has focused on numerous topics to do with cartography and geodesy (all with a European focus), including inter alia a piece on the Euro banknote map and a feature on the Struve geodetic arc.

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