Very Large Open Pit Mine

20 miles from downtown Salt Lake City, Utah is a huge open pit mine. My 2017 Rand McNally Deluxe Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas (laminated pages, extra durable) says that it is “Bingham Canyon Mine – World’s Largest Open Pit Mine”. According to the Deseret News[*] it is the largest man-made excavation in the world.


The Latitude, Longitude of the center of this aerial photo is 40.5234, -112.1525.

[*] https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865649211/Kennecott-laying-off-200-workers.html

Latitude, Longitude

Occasionally I like to add my current Latitude and Longitude to a blog post. The maps apps on my iPhone will display my Latitude and Longitude but they won’t allow me to copy and paste the coordinates without having to perform multiple convoluted steps. Today I stumbled on an easy way to do this with a truck stop app that I keep on my phone: TruckSmart™.

From the ‘Services’ tab tap on ‘Share Location’. An email form will open and you’ll see your Latitude and Longitude near the bottom. You’re free to copy and paste.

Reinventing Postal Codes

Someone is trying to reinvent the street address and I think it’s about time.

As a professional driver I can attest that street addresses are a less than perfect method to tell someone the location of your business. Sometimes the same address will give you different results depending on which GPS unit you are using.

I don’t know if this will ever catch on but Doug Rinkes in Google’s Zürich office has developed something called Open Location Codes or Plus Codes. These Codes represent regions rather than points, kind of like postal codes, except with a 10 digit code you locate any place on earth as long as it is at least 14 meters by 14 meters (46 feet by 46 feet) even if it’s in the middle of the ocean.

As I write this I am at at Plus Code 87G5PMJM+95.

The Washington Monument in D.C. is at 87C4VXQ7+PW.

Copy and paste these into Google Maps to see where they are.

It’s an interesting system.

To learn more about Plus Codes have a look at OpenLocationCode.com and https://plus.codes.

Places I’d Like to Visit

In no particular order:

The Moon
Mars
Antarctica
Alaska
Sequoia National Forest
The natural arches in Utah
Monument Valley
The Grand Canyon – visited in 2005
A pure sand desert
The Serengeti
The Himalayas
Hawaii
Panama Canal
The Andes
The Aleutians
The Galapagos
Australian outback
The Great Barrier Reef
Swiss Alps
Scandinavian fjords
Suez canal
Sahara Desert
Kalajari Desert
La Brea Tar Pits
New Guinea
New Zealand
Japan
Great Wall of China
Mojave Desert
Amazon River
Congo River
Nile River
Sail out of sight of land in a sailboat
Jungles of Brazil, Africa
Yellowstone National Park
Cape of Good Hope
Strait of Magellan

Geography

Abyss
Arch
Archipelago
Badland
Bald
Basin
Beach
Bluff
Bolder
Bridge
Butte
Caldera
Canyon
Cave
Cavity
Chasm
Chimney
Cliff
Coast
Column
Continent
Crack
Crater
Crevice
Desert
Dune
Escarpment
Fissure
Flat
Foothill
Fracture
Gully
Hoodoo
Island
Isthmus
Knob
Ledge
Mesa
Monadnock
Mountain
Outcrop
Peak
Peneplain
Peninsula
Piedmont
Pinnacle
Plain
Plateau
Pond
Precipice
Ridge
Rift
River
Rock fall
Saddle
Scree
Shelf
Shelter
Shore
Slope
Spire
Summit
Talus
Tea table
Tor
Tower
Trench
Valley
Volcano
Wall
Wash

Find the Longitute and Latitude of any place in the USA

At Geocode.com you can type in an address and Eagle™ geocoder will look up the address and give you its lattitude and longitude. This web page allows you to test out this software so free use is limited.

Evidently lattitude and longitude is important in astrology, because Astro.com also provides a lat/long look-up service. If you are wondering what I think about psychics read this article.

2011 Edit: This was posted before Google Maps was released. Now web based mapping is common and it is much easier to find the latitude and longitude of any point on the globe. See Wikipedia’s Google Maps article.