Re: "Re: Centroid of the Earth's Surface"

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• Subject: [mg30278] Re: [mg30255] "Re: Centroid of the Earth's Surface"
• From: "Jonathan Rockmann" <MTheory at msn.com>
• Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2001 20:02:06 -0400 (EDT)
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Very nicely put Zakir.  I think this was just a simple case of knowing what one means.

Jon
mtheory at msn.com

----- Original Message -----
From: seidovzf at yahoo.com
To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
Subject: [mg30278] [mg30255] "Re: Centroid of the Earth's Surface"

keywords:
centroid/ dry land of Earth/ Mathematica

Hi,
I'm not sure, but it seems to me that dry land
(as well as sea/oceans) on the Earth surface
can perfectly have centroid or any other center -
depending on assumptions.
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E.g. Saudia Aravia itself has a certain centroid,
and  it's  easily can be found,
if you draw map of S.A. on (a hard) paper,
cut it by contour,
hang it two times in two positions of nail,
and two crossing  "verticals"'ll give centroid. This is trivial.

The problem arises for larger territories
when the map is NOT flat.
If the centroid is stiil defined as center of gravity,
then MATHEMATICA is OK to calculate centroid of any 3D surface,
but centroid of DRY LAND SURFACE should be somewhere deep inside,
close to Earth's center -
to bitter dissapointment of any patriot of his/her homeland.

Interestingly enough, semi-official CENTER of Euro-Asia is
somewhere in Ural mountains, in this case center being defined
as point of maximal (or minimal?)  mean distance from boundaries of
Euro-Asian continent.

And it's quite may be that at some assumptions
Saudia Arabia posseses a some center of dry land surface -

Zakir

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Subject: [mg30278] [mg30255]      Re: Centroid of the Earth's Surface
Author:       Henry Lamb <hlamb at cg.NRCan.gc.ca>
Organization: Steven M. Christensen and Associates, Inc and
MathTensor, Inc.

I hate to disappoint you, but it can't be done. That's because the
earth's surface has no centroid. Only bounded surfaces (or volumes)
have
centroids. If Saudi Arabia appears to be at the centre of the earth,
that's due to the map you're using. Buy a globe.

Henry Lamb

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Subject: [mg30278] [mg30255]      Centroid of the Earth's Surface
Author:       Muhammad Hutasuhut <mhutasuhut at sympatico.ca>
Organization: Steven M. Christensen and Associates, Inc and
MathTensor, Inc.

Saudi Arabia appears to be at the center (or centroid) of the earth's
dry land. I would like to prove it by using Mathematica. I need
guidance
on how to do it!

Regards
M. J. Hutasuhut
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