June 7, 2016 8:46 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Did you know that the 180th meridian navigates the entire surface of the Earth from the north pole to the south pole? It exists 180° east and 180° west of the Prime Meridian. Starting at the North Pole and heading south to the South Pole, the 180th meridian passes through Arctic Ocean, Russia, Chukchi Sea, Bering Sea, Amchitka Pass (east of Alaska), Tuvalu, Cikobia Island, Fiji, and Antarctica. However, the only place where roads cross this meridian, and civilization exists, is in Fiji.

180 degree meridian international date time division

credit: Paul Lenz (shared under CC BY 2.5 license)

The 180th meridian is used as the basis for the International Date Line (IDL) because for the most part it passes through the open waters of the Pacific Ocean without much international water disputes or boundaries. In reality, the IDL does not exist. It is an imaginary line roughly based on the meridian of 180° longitude.

I would love to go to Fiji and change my day by just taking a step. Look at the man standing in the center of past and future. This is almost mind tripping. At one moment you could be in present and yet another moment you could be still living in the yesterday. How cool!

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