Geography/Math problem

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  1. coolbho3000
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    At which point(s) on Earth can you go one mile south, one mile east, and one mile north, and end up at the exact point you started? Assume the Earth is a perfect sphere.

    There is more than one answer. [​IMG]
     
  2. Jax

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    The North and South Poles?
     
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    North Pole is one, South Pole is not. You cannot travel one mile south at the south pole.
     
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    But by that logic, you can't travel one mile north at the north pole @_@.
     
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    But you wouldn't be at the north pole any more, since you have gone one mile south and one mile east.

    There are 3 more answers that I can think of:

    Equator
    Tropic of Cancer
    Tropic of Capricorn
     
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    The equator?
     
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    There are infinite number of answers:

    1) The circular area that is 1 mile north of a point that has factor of 1 mile circumference.
    2) North Pole

    1 mile north of the South Pole doesn't really count because you can't stand at the point that has 0 circumference and walk 1 mile east. The concept is valid but in reality it's not (mainly mathematically than physically, because you only get 0 circumference if South Pole is the tip of a perfectly levelled 3D round object -and Earth is not-).

    But if you are 1 mile north of a point that has 1 inch circumference, you CAN walk 1 mile east, that'd be hellota trips around the circle but still you can make it.

    I saw this question a few years ago and the question asked "which bear would you encounter in those areas?" It makes more sense because technically there are infinite number of answers to "where"
     
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    There is one more set of points that deathfisaro missed.

    I found out this stuff by myself, then was devastated to see that other people had already discovered it online. [​IMG]
     
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    Oh, your question specifically says "assume Earth is a perfect sphere" I didn't see that.

    There's too much alcohol in my system I miss things.