By Charles A. Whitten, Kenneth H. Drummond

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Published by means of the yank Geophysical Union as a part of the Geophysical Monograph Series.

The profitable launchings of high-altitude rockets and synthetic Earth satellites have opened a brand new period within the number of geophysical facts. the applying of those new concepts would require the mixed principles, reviews, and providers of scientists in a wide selection of disciplines. as an instance, any efforts within the selection of geodetic info will inevitably draw jointly numerous fields of exercise open air of geodesy, corresponding to astronomy, rocketry, and electronics, to call a couple of.

In reputation of this, many American geodesists expected the necessity of a convention on modern Geodesy for the interchange of information and concepts between scientists in definite fields concerning the recent house age. the aim of the sort of convention was once now not basically to orient different scientists in sleek geodesy, yet simply as importantly to enlighten the geodesist in these sciences required in house software to his challenge.

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Carl I. Aslakson—Aero Service Corporation was faced with the problem of establishing positions of some pile beacons off shore in the Persian Gulf. These pile beacons were as much as 26 miles off shore and involved measurements up to 26 miles, the average distance measurement being seven or eight miles. Under the conditions of visibility in the desert we could not use triangulation. We would have had to restrict the lengths of the triangulation lines to one or two miles except on rare occasions when the visibility range would be doubled or tripled.

This ties in with some theories that the greatest amount of ice was farther north. Mr. James B. 011 foot per year. 005 foot per year. Our level net was adjusted in 1929 holding mean sea level at zero at 26 tidal stations along the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and the Gulf of Mexico but it is not practical to readjust it to take care of the changes in mean sea level so we just admit there is a difference between modern local mean sea level and elevations in the geodetic net. Isolated land elevation changes get rather rapid in some areas.

What is the best guess of the vertical in a new station? Is it to carry forward by backsight ? Mr. Whitten—The coefficients of the unknown when computing in a flat terrain are essentially the same coefficients as in the classical method of the variation of coordinates. Dr. O'Keefe—If you have astronomic values I think that is true. But if not, then from the adjustment you get a deflection of the vertical at your new station. You get a weak determination. The question is whether to use it or zero.

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