UB Professor Pinpoints Center of North America - in Center, N.D., Peter Rogerson, The Buffalo News

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Residents of Rugby, N.D., about 45 miles south of the Canadian border, erected a stone obelisk marking it as the geographical center of North America.

But that distinction should belong to a more aptly named city in North Dakota about 150 miles southwest of Rugby, according to the calculation of a University at Buffalo professor.

Peter A. Rogerson’s new method for determining geographic centers, unlike previous approaches, takes into account the curvature of the earth.

And his math revealed that the exact middle point of the continent is the aptly named Center, N.D.

Published January 22, 2017

The Buffalo News

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