Struve Geodetic Arc

The Struve Geodetic Arc was a network of triangulation points developed in the 19th century, in an attempt to accurately calculate the size and shape of our planet. 34 of the original 265 points are clearly marked and were recognised as a World Heritage Site in 2005. Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve was member of a family of prominent astronomers1. While the majority of his work involved the study of astronomical bodies, he also turned his attentions to geodetic surveying – the measurement and representation of the Earth. He studied at the University of Tartu in Estonia and…

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