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Why is the international dateline drawn in a zigzag manner?

The International Date Line (IDL) passes through the Pacific Ocean...

Last Updated On: Sunday, September 19, 2010

 

The International Date Line (IDL) passes through the Pacific Ocean. It is an imaginary line, like longitudes and latitudes. The time difference on either side of this line is 24 hours. So, the date changes as soon as one crosses this line. To avoid any confusion of date, this line is drawn through where the sea lies and not land. Hence, the IDL is drawn in a zig-zag manner.

 

International Date Line (IDL), Pacific Ocean, Imaginary line, Longitudes and latitudes, Confusion of date, Zig-zag manner

 
 

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