An image uploaded by a social media user caused the news stories claiming “Google marked Çorum as the geographical center of Earth”. The story caused great happiness in Çorum but it was realized shorty after whether it was true or not.
The news story “Google marked Çorum as the geographical center of Earth” published on many news sites and Anadolu Agency.
The story went like this:
“Google marked Çorum as the geographical center of Earth.
The world’s most popular search engine Google’s mappnig service stated that the geographical center of Earth is the country side of Çorum.
According to the calculations made until now Çorum was the center of Earth.
The calculations made by physicist Andrew J Woods in 1973, concluded that the center of Earth was 150 km south-east of Ankara. With another calculation in 2003 Holger Isenberg by using digital elevation model, it is stated that the center of Earth is Çorum.
Previously, there were other theories stating that the Pyramids in Egypt are the center of Earth.”
Marking was not done by Google
However, the one who marked Çorum was not Google. The marking in question was done by a Turkish social media user and afterwards the screenshot of the map was uploaded to Imgur.
The term “The center of Earth” is not accepted by the scientific community.
The experts said that by using different parameters one can reach different results and the model that designated Çorum as the center of Earth should be considered in this category.
Geologist Mümtaz Kibar from Ankara University stated that “According to Geology and the Earth Sciences there is no such center”.
Kibar also argued that “The thickness of plates, change in magnetic field and the range of continents on earth can vary. In addition to this, while Earth has been changing constantly for 4.5 billion, it would not be true to say that there is a fixed center of Earth.
Holger Isenberg who declared Çorum as the center of Earth on 2003, is a space enthusiast and a ordinay software programmer. German citizen Isenberg has no known scientific study.
Source: Hürriyet/ Cengiz Özbek