Lecture01 - Non-scientific quiz#1 Geography 12 Maps and...

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1 Geography 12: Maps and Spatial Reasoning Lecture1: The Size and Shape of the Earth Professor Keith Clarke Non-scientific quiz #1 • What shape is the earth? a. Flat b. Round c. Square Bowl-shaped d. Prolate Ellipsoid e. Disk-shaped, balanced on the back of four elephants, standing on a turtle’s back Discworld Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett, set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which, in turn, stand on the back of a giant turtle Orlando Ferguson 1893
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2 Aristotle: 3 Proofs by observation “After the 5th century BC, no Greek writer of repute thought the world was anything but round.” •Every portion of the Earth tends toward the center until by compression and convergence they form a sphere. •Travelers going south see southern constellations rise higher above the horizon •The shadow of Earth on the Moon during a lunar eclipse is round. Parallax • Samuel Birley Rowbotham • Lectured for two decades up and down Britain promoting his unique flat earth theory Zetetic Astronomy • 16 page pamphlet published in 1849 “Earth not a Globe” • Rowbotham supporter John Hampden lost a bet to Alfred Russel Wallace about the Bedford Level Experiment in 1870 The Bedford Level Experiment Definitive Proof • Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation (1519-
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