Greenwich meridian

The Greenwich meridian, also known as the zero meridian, base meridian, or prime meridian, is the meridian from which longitudes are measured. Substitute for the Paris meridian, it corresponds to the imaginary circumference that joins the poles and gets its name from crossing the London district of Greenwich, specifically because of its old astronomical observatory.

The meridian was adopted as a reference at an international conference held in October 1884 in Washington D.C., sponsored by the president of the United States and attended by delegates from 25 countries. The following agreements were adopted at said conference:

The second resolution was approved with the opposition of Santo Domingo (now the Dominican Republic) and the abstentions of France (whose maps continued to use the Paris meridian for a few more decades) and Brazil.

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