Australia to creep north by 1.8metres, no-one will notice

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Australia is heading north riding the continental plate, which means the country’s mapping co-ordinates are being realigned approximately 1.8 metres north-east, it was announced on Friday.

“Australians are on the move and they’re all heading north – even though the vast majority won’t realise it,’’ Matt Canavan, minister for resources and northern Australia, said in a statement.

The continental shift at a rate of seven centimetres a year means Australia’s national coordinate reference frame (the Geocentric Datum of Australia 2020) has to be updated, for the first time in over two decades.

“The movement is significant when it comes to applications that rely on highly accurate satellite positioning, including in agriculture, and location-based services and other operations,’’ Canavan said.

Without the re-coordination, the difference could amount to an error…

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