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mckeonj
131323.  Thu Jan 04, 2007 2:22 pm Reply with quote

It has been proposed that Time Zones be abolished, and the whole world run on Zulu Time. Does The Team Think that this is a Good Thing?

 
grizzly
131332.  Thu Jan 04, 2007 3:00 pm Reply with quote

Not really, the value of it is limited and the costs probably quite high of such a change world wide.

I should also note that the time a country uses is determined by local statute law, not any international convention. Obviously that means that it would be quite difficult to convince every country's legislature to convert to anyone elses time zone.

 
Jawr256
131338.  Thu Jan 04, 2007 3:28 pm Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
Antarctica uses GMT


The South Pole, however, uses GMT+12 (New Zealand time) and is currently +13 because of DST

 
grizzly
131340.  Thu Jan 04, 2007 3:36 pm Reply with quote

Which time zone you use in Antarctica generally depends upon which country's base you are working in. The UK's bases use GMT. Not sure about the others, that needs research.

 
suze
131355.  Thu Jan 04, 2007 5:39 pm Reply with quote

Since there is no population in Antarctica other than those employed at the various research bases the question of which time zone applies to the continent as a whole is somewhat moot - albeit not uninteresting.

As for the bases, each can pretty much decide for itself what time convention to use. Their decisions are summarised here:

http://www.statoids.com/taq.html

The nearest base to the South Pole itself - the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, which is actually around 100m from the pole - is an American base. However it uses New Zealand time - i.e. GMT +12, +13 during New Zealand daylight saving - on the very reasonable basis that the only way to get there is by plane from New Zealand.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amundsen-Scott_South_Pole_Station

 
Jenny
131380.  Thu Jan 04, 2007 7:25 pm Reply with quote

Doesn't it seem rather pointless having DST at the South Pole? I mean, it's daylight most of the time at one season, and night most of the time at another. Where are they actually saving any daylight?

 
samivel
131386.  Thu Jan 04, 2007 7:29 pm Reply with quote

In their pockets?

 
Jenny
131389.  Thu Jan 04, 2007 7:31 pm Reply with quote

What, to use later when there isn't any?

 
grizzly
131392.  Thu Jan 04, 2007 7:33 pm Reply with quote

no, to heat their ice hotel

 
Jenny
131395.  Thu Jan 04, 2007 7:36 pm Reply with quote

This one?



There's also an ice church alongside it:

 
samivel
131397.  Thu Jan 04, 2007 7:40 pm Reply with quote

ooh, lovely pics!

 
suze
131401.  Thu Jan 04, 2007 7:44 pm Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
Doesn't it seem rather pointless having DST at the South Pole? I mean, it's daylight most of the time at one season, and night most of the time at another. Where are they actually saving any daylight?


You're right of course - they only do it so that the time at the base is the same as it is Christchurch, from where the base is supplied.

 
mr-cammy
131828.  Sat Jan 06, 2007 2:45 pm Reply with quote

You gotta remember some of the French people still refuse to accept GMT and refer to Britain as "-23 minutes Paris Time" or something lol

=P

 
96aelw
131839.  Sat Jan 06, 2007 2:59 pm Reply with quote

One important problem with replacing Greenwich with Paris is that the English speaking world may have trouble taking Paris Mean Time seriously, if ever we wished to refer to it by its initials. GMT is a lot less funny.

 
peter_lawrey
748082.  Thu Sep 30, 2010 2:05 pm Reply with quote

On the diffrerence of opnion between English and French....

UTC is not an initialism as it first appears. In English it is Coordinated Universal Time and in French it is "Temps Universel Coordonné" with compromise being UTC, not to favour one language or another.

UTC+0 in London and defined as UTC+1 in Paris, which "happen" to have the same outcome.

 

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