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Struve Arc to become World Heritage

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If all goes along the plans -- the geodetic arc measured by Wilhelm von Struve in 1816-1855 from Izmail, Ukraine to Hammerfest, Norway will be declared a world heritage (I guess it is the remaining triangulation points that are the actual heritage).

The arc crosses 10 countries, is 2820 km long and consists of 325 points. It follows the 26th meridian. Quite a feat! But it took him, and his crew, 40 years to do that... The measurements helped to calculate the spheroid and much more.

I just saw that this morning in the newspaper, with an accompanying map:
The Struve Geodetic Arc, from Dagens Nyheter (Swedish newspaper)

Nice, clean, newspaper-style map (a map says more than 1000 words, for describing the arc)

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That's good to hear. I read about this kind of projects in "The Mapmakers" and it really makes you appreciate their work.
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