On October, 22 1884, the International Meridian Conference establishes the location of the Prime Meridian following a vote on October 13 of that year. Unlike the equator, the prime meridian location is ultimately arbitrary, which caused the need for international consent, which was heavily influenced by Western powers of the time. Much understanding of placement and geography are culturally based just like the prime meridian. This makes geography a particularly interesting and complex subject to explore for people such as Joshua Foer, the author of Atlas Obscura, which embraces the particularly unique aspects of what makes geographic locations what they are.

Book Title: Atlas Obscura 

Book Author: Foer, Joshua 

Dewey Decimal Call Number: 910.41 F 2016

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