The flat stationary earth theory is pretty easy to ridicule using math and geometry.
But how many miles would you really travel if you sailed around the coastline of Antarctica? is a nagging question I have...
I keep suspecting it would really be quite a lot more than 11000 to 12000 miles.
Check out this wiki of Jon Sanders...
"Jon Sanders was the first man to circumnavigate Antarctica, circling the continent TWICE in 1981 – 1982.
Longest distance continuously sailed by any yacht: 48,510 miles (78,070 km)."
I suspected this meant Antarctica is more like 24000 miles to sail around ONCE. More than twice as fat around as thought.
But then I read this part...
"During the voyage, he passed south of the three great capes: Horn, Good Hope and Leeuwin, before rounding Cape Horn a second time. He turned north to
Plymouth, UK and returning south around Good Hope and returning to Fremantle."
This path would explain the extra mileage.
But it also seems like a very unlikely detour to make.
Like you sail south of Australia, south of Africa, and then soon as you pass Africa, you make an insane course change, go all the way north to Europe,
and then go all the way south back below South America. WTF kind of drunken sailor path is that??? Shouldn't even call it a circumnavigation of
Antarctica if you're gonna sail all the way from South Africa to Scotland and back in the process!
edit on 22-4-2017 by InachMarbank because:
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