Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Straddling the Equator

In 1849, a German missionary, Dr. Johann Ludwig Krapf, astounded European scientists when he claimed to have discovered snow on the equator. The snow is still there today. . . One of our farming projects is near Mount Kenya and right on the equator. Because of the altitude, it is actually quite cold.

There's a sign on the equator in Nanyuki, and we met a local guide who led us 20 meters north of the equator and showed us water spinning clockwise through a drain. Then we went south and saw a counterclockwise spin. Finally we stood directly on the equator and watched water flow straight down through a hole without spinning. Pretty cool stuff.

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