Why Ghana is geographically the Center of the world


The equator and prime meridian are both invisible lines that circle the Earth, and they help us in navigation. Though invisible,

the equator (0 degrees latitude) is a very real location that divides the world into the Northern and Southern hemispheres. The

prime meridian (0 degrees longitude) , on the other hand, was created by scholars who needed some point as a frame of reference to begin noting east-west points on the map.

It is by pure happenstance that the coordinate of 0 degrees latitude, 0 degrees longitude falls in the middle of a little-known body of water. To be exact, the intersection of zero degrees latitude and zero degrees longitude falls about 380 miles (611 km) south of Ghana and 670 miles (1,078 km) west of Gabon.

This makes Ghana (Tema) the closest land mark to the centre of the world. This location is in the tropical waters of the eastern Atlantic Ocean, in an area called the Gulf of Guinea.

The Gulf of Guinea is part of the western edge of the African tectonic plate. Most notably, according to the theory of continental drift , this may have been the location where South America and Africa were once joined.

A look at the maps of the two continents quickly reveals the remarkable possibility of this geographic jigsaw puzzle.

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