The Equator


We must have passed a dozen places claiming to be on the equator, and if they were all accurate, the equator zigzags across Kenya like a drunken sailor. <grin>

This place proved it though with the high-tech equipment you can see behind Jen. They took a pitcher of water, a bowl with a hole in the bottom, and a matchstick. We went 30 feet north of this sign, and our guide poured water into the bowl and set the matchstick in it. The matchstick clearly moved clockwise as the water drained out.

Then we went 30 feet south of the sign and repeated the experiment. The matchstick moved counter-clockwise. Finally he repeated the experiment at the sign, and the matchstick stayed perfectly still. We were amazed the effect was so pronounced within such a short distance!