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La Mitad del Mundo
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22 Sep 2001

La Mitad del Mundo-The Middle of the World

It was here in 1736, that a Spanish expedition made measurements showing that this was the location of the equator in Ecuador.

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In Spanish, oeste means west. I am standing over the west marker facing east with my left foot in the northern hemisphere and my right foot in the southern hemisphere.

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This is the monument that marks the location of the equator in Ecuador. The painted yellow line on the ground represents the exact position.

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This is an egg that is perfectly balanced on a nail. It is positioned directly over the equator.

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The Ecuadorean flag.

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The square of a reconstructed typical colonial town with the equator running straight through.

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The view towards home to the north.

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