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Ecuador’s Middle of the World Equator-Themed Park Misses the Mark, Literally

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The Ecuadorian Government-owned Middle of the World park, which welcomes half-a-million tourists a year, with more than half of them foreigners, has admitted that the line is not drawn exactly where they say it is. It seems the designers of the tourist park got their calculations wrong and instead of standing at zero degrees latitude, zero minutes and zero seconds, visitors are actually about 240 metres to the north of the Equator.

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Ecuador’s Middle of the World Equator-Themed Park is Actually in the Wrong Place

Ecuador is famously named for the Equator which traverses the country and even has a themed attraction where tourists can stand on a line drawn at the Earth’s midpoint.

But it seems the designers of the tourist park got their calculations wrong and instead of standing at zero degrees latitude, zero minutes and zero seconds, visitors are actually about 240 metres to the north of the Equator.

The Government-owned Middle of the World park, which welcomes half-a-million tourists a year, with more than half of them foreigners, has admitted that the line is not drawn exactly where they say it is.

The mix-up was discovered by GPS technology and one theory provided by park administrator Ramiro Ponton for the mix-up is that the original monument, built in 1936, relied on measuring methods which were not as accurate as they are today.

However, Luis Pulgar, another park administrator, told the New York Times that builders who constructed the current monument in 1979 knew it was in the wrong place.

He explained that the Equator inconveniently traversed a ravine just outside Quito, making it impossible to build there.

The actual Equator is marked in its correct position, 240 metres to the north, by a sign on a gate stating that it is exactly at zero degress kattitude as calculated bya GPS.

But the Middle of the Earth park plans to correct its mistake with a new monument that will stand stride the Equator.

New York architect Rafael Viñoly was asked to come up with a design and has suggested constructing the tallest man-made a structure in the world, which would stand more than 1,500 metres tall.

However, with a price tag of £155 million, the project has not yet been given the go-ahead.

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