[geocentrism] Re: Tides

You wouldn't (locally) be able to measure the angles you have shown on your
figure. You would only be able to measure angles with respect to the local direction
of gravity (by, e.g., using a plumb-line). The surface of a spinnig self-gravitating
sphere, that deforms into an ellipsoid from the rotation, is well-approximated by a
equi-gravitational potential surface, which means the direction of gravity will be
perpendicular to that surface.
  If you find the points on the respective surfaces where the local plumb-line points
in your five chosen directions, you'll find the statement in your quote to be true.

    - Regner

Paul Deema wrote:
Neville J
 
You said in -- From Neville Jones Mon May 12 23:32:18 2008 --
Has this equatorial 'bulge' been measured or observed? Or is it assumed?
Perhaps you missed this -- From Paul Deema Mon Aug 20 15:16:59 2007 -- http://www.history.noaa.gov/stories_tales/geodetic1.html
Here you will find a reference to the measurement in the middle 1730s.

The results showed conclusively that one degree of the meridian was longer in Lapland than at Paris and proved Newton's postulate to be correct. The expedition to Peru, the present day Ecuador departed in 1735 and returned nine years later with results that confirmed the Lapland finding, i.e. one degree of the meridian is shorter at the equator than in France. [Emphasis added]

I sought to illustrate this -- see attachment -- but it appears to my eye that the illustration and the description differ. If anyone can alleviate my dilemma, I'd be grateful.

 

Paul D

 


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