Null Island. Station 13010. The origin of coordinates. Zero Point.

Date: 13/12/2023 Author: Antonio H.

Null Island. Station 13010. The origin of coordinates. Zero Point

At the intersection between the equator and the Greenwich meridian are the coordinates 0ºN, 0ºE. This geographical point is located in the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean and what is in that position, anchored at those coordinates, is a meteorological buoy called "Soul bouy" or station 13010, which is part of the network of buoys "Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic" (PIRATA), dedicated to collect meteorological and oceanographic data to study ocean-atmosphere interactions in the tropical Atlantic.

Soul buoy

National Data Buoy Center

"Null Island" is the fictitious name of a non-existent island located at these coordinates that gave rise at the time to multiple jokes, including the existence of a website of the Republic of Null Island, whose domain "nullisland.com" is for sale today.

 

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