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#66688 - 04/22/02 08:14 AM Re: Who lives the furthest from the coast?  
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As a Seattle-light, I may actually be one of those who live the closest! My apartment building is in this photo: http://makeashorterlink.com/?C11225CB

Edit: Thank you, jmh!




#66689 - 04/22/02 09:03 AM Re: Working out distance from the coast  
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I tried working out the distance from Minneapolis to the Hudson bay using mapquest.com but I couldn't find a place with a road!

I think that I've worked out a methodology. Using a good map, use a piece of lightweight paper and a compass to work out the largest circle that only touches but does not ovelap the coastline at any point. The centre of the circle will be the furthest from the coast and concentric circles (like countour lines) will show places that are the same distance. I'm sure that there is an electronic equivalent, maybe copying a map into Powerpoint will do it.

Oh well, it's better than doing the accounts!


#66690 - 04/22/02 01:55 PM Re: Working out distance from the coast  
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jo, using a map won't work, because of the inevitable distortion when the curved earth-surface is depicted on a flat plane of paper.

But you can use the link I noted. Of course, no decent city-name is available for any spot on James Bay, to plug into that link. But the link will accept coordinates of latitude and longitude, which you can get from the map.

On that basis, as I recall, tsuwm is about 740 miles from James Bay.


#66691 - 04/22/02 02:11 PM Re: Who lives the furthest from the coast?  
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>The Hudson bay would certainly count.

having never been, and with no desire to go, sort of takes it out of my thinking.. :)

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#66692 - 04/22/02 02:32 PM Re: Who lives the furthest from the coast?  
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> sort of takes it out of my thinking.. :)

Well it is abroad ;-) (I seem to remember that coming up in a previous discussion - has Mr President worked that out yet?)

I forgot about the curvature of the earth in calculations because it don't curve too much in 90 miles.

By the way Bill -
if your ladies had been looking at my 1744 map of the USA, they would have known that they only needed to go as far as the Grand Canyon to hit the sea.



#66693 - 04/22/02 09:53 PM Re: Who lives the furthest from the coast?  
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Those of us who have to drive the Long Island Expressway to the coast live further than any of y'all.


#66694 - 04/22/02 11:57 PM Re: Who lives the furthest from the coast?  
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Who lives the furthest from the coast?

Well, Michigan being a rather penninsular state, we have a veritable plethora of coasts to choose from, wouldn't you say?
My turn to pick some nits here


#66695 - 04/23/02 12:06 AM Re: Who lives the furthest from the coast?  
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but connie, i thought the great lakes were fresh, not salt water..
Michigan has lots of lake frontage, but it is coastline?
(Not that the great lakes are anything to sneer at.. i do remember Cap't K being suitable impressed last year..)


#66696 - 04/23/02 12:09 AM Re: Who lives the furthest from the coast?  
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We call it the Third Coast.
http://www.wmich.edu/thirdcoast/

Chicago calls it the Third Coast
http://www.thirdcoastfestival.org/

Some call it the Fourth Coast, so as not to piss off Texas an' all.
http:// http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/pr/about/history.html

U of W in Madison, Wisconsin also calls Lake Michigan's shore a coast.
http://www.ies.wisc.edu/research/wrm98/

As does the Federal Government of the U.S. of A.
http://tis.eh.doe.gov/oepa/law_sum/CZMA.HTM

How'm I doin' on the nit pickin', Faldage? This bein' my first try an' all.

#66697 - 04/23/02 01:20 AM Re: Who lives the furthest from the coast?  
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Conversation between Abraham Lincoln and a troublemaker:
How many legs does a sheep have, if you call a tail a leg?
Lincoln: Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it one.

Calling it a coast doesn't make it one. IMHO, that "third coast" is civic boosterism intended to emphasize that the city, though inland, is a suitable port of oceanic shipping.


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