>>>>>> By a strange fact of geography, a continent that is essentially
>>>>>> circumpolar cannot have a "western" side. "East" and "west" are
>>>>>> defined relevant to lines of longitude: the East Coast of the US
>>>>>> is at approximately 75W and the West Coast at 125W (very roughly).
>>>>>> If one looks at a map of Antarctica, the lines of longitude meet in
>>>>>> the middle. In Antarctica, essentially there is only a North
>>>>>> coast; there's no spot on the coast one can call the "west coast."
>>>>> Draw a line around the globe on the prime meridian and its polar
>>>>> opposite at 180*. Rotate the globe such that the south pole faces
>>>>> you, with Africa at top. Everything left of the line is western.
>>>>> Everything right of it is eastern.
>>>>> P.S. You missed the real question. What time is it on the south
>>>> Yep. Do that with Antarctica. Now tell me which is the west side.
>>>> One can talk about the part of Antarctica that's in the Western
>>>> Hemisphere, but there is no "west side" of Antarctica. Hint: the
>>>> East Coast of the US is also in the Western Hemisphere.
>>> If you take a few steps from the South pole, you'll clearly end up in
>>> one time zone or another. If that time zone is the western
>>> hemisphere, you are now pointed at the west coast of Antarctica.
>>> Unless you're drunk and can't walk a straight line, of course.
>> We've all had a good laugh at this, because obviously what scientists
>> call "Western Antarctica" is the part that lies in the Western
>> Hemisphere. However, this does not define a "west coast" of Antarctica.
>> By all means, start at the South Pole and take a few steps North. Of
>> course, _every_ direction from the South Pole is North, so choose at
>> random: walk north along Longitude 100 W for a few meters.
>> Now stop. You're standing on 100W facing North; turn left (west) and
>> start walking. Keep walking west along the line of Latitude S 90 - [a
>> few meters]. After [a few meters] * 3.14, you will return to your
>> starting point. Did you ever reach the West Coast of Antarctica?
> Yes, because I don't feel the need to play geometry games with a sphere.
> I turned left, west, and kept walking in a straight line, reaching the
> west coast of Antarctica. Depending on Antarctica's shape, I just
> crossed about a quarter of the world's time zones.
If you don't want to suffer spherical geometry you are't serious about
cartography. When you turned left, and kept walking "in a straight line"
(and every circumnavigator from Magellan on up is laughing at you), you
ended up at the north coast of Antarctica, because there is no other.
I told you I was a professional cartographer -- so listen to me now and
believe me later: THERE IS NO WEST COAST OF ANTARCTICA in any real sense.
James Schrumpf http://www.hilltopper.net
Let there be no doubt tonight -- no doubt!
That they shouldn't have played the Old Gold and Blue.