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From: PaulMcG@aol.com Date: Thu, 16 Jan 1997 22:29:12 -0500 (EST) Subject: Groom Lake and the geography server For those who don't know about it, the University of Michigan has a geography server that allows you to get the latitude and longitude for various places. To connect to, you would use Telnet (a way of logging in as a remote text terminal) and connect to port 3000 on their host. On a Unix system, you could enter this command: telnet martini.eecs.umich.edu 3000 If your Web browser, such as Netscape is configured for an external Telnet program, you could enter this URL: telnet://martini.eecs.umich.edu:3000 Groom Lake came up, but oddly enough, Rachel, NV did not. (The nearest populated place that comes up is Alamo, NV). The geography server produced this for Groom Lake: 0 Groom Lake 1 32017 Lincoln 2 NV Nevada 3 US United States A 702 F 35 Lake L 37 16 05 N 115 47 58 W E 4437 Amazingly, their coordinates put you at the runway on the western edge of the dry lake bed!! The various fields in the database entry mean the following: 0 <city name> 1 <county FIPS code> <county name> 2 <state/province abbreviation> <state/province name> 3 <nation abbreviation> <nation name> A <telephone area code> E <elevation in feet above mean sea level> F <feature code> <feature name> L <latitude DD MM SS X> <longitude DDD MM SS X> P <1980 census population> R <remark> T <time zone> Z <postal ("ZIP") code> Paul McGinnis / PaulMcG@aol.com http://www.frogi.org/secrecy.html [military secrecy site] http://members.aol.com/paulmcg/ [home page]
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