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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Can You Consider East and West Directions Permanent

Countries in the Pacific and Asia are considered the “East” while countries in Europe and the Americas are regarded as the “West”. Can you consider east and west directions permanent? No, east and west directions are not permanent; east and west can interchange depending on your position on Earth. Only two directions are permanent and could not interchange or reverse – north and south directions.



When the Sun rises in the Philippines which is located in the East, the United States is geographically located on the West. But when the Sun rises in the United States, the Philippines and the Pacific is geographically located west of the US. Therefore, there is no permanent east and west directions. East and west can change position depending on your position on Earth.



On this map, the Philippines is on the east and the US is on the west. When the earth rotates, they will change position, Us will be on the east and the Philippines will be on the west.

However, in smaller scale, in a particular place, east and west can be permanent. For instance, if you are standing in front of your house facing north – the house on your left is on the east while the house on your left is on the west. If these two houses changed position, you better wake up because you are having a nightmare.




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