MINSK, 8 June (BelTA) – The Struve Arc Coordinating Committee is set to meet in Belarus on 3-5 July 2012, BelTA learnt from the State Property Committee of Belarus.
Representatives of the Struve Arc Coordinating Committee official members as well as of national cartographic and geodesic services and other organizations will gather in Oshmyany, Grodno Oblast. The Struve Arc geodesic points are located in the villages of Lopaty and Tupishki, Oshmyany District.
Partaking in the meeting will be specialists from Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Moldova, Great Britain and Belgium.
The participants of the meeting will deliver reports on the conservation of the Struve Arc objects, present a plan of expanding the geodesic arc, perhaps, up to the South Pole, the State Property Committee noted.
The first points of the geodesic arc in Belarus were spotted in 2001. According to the historical data, there are 31 geodesic points in the country. All the points located in Belarus are included into the State Register of Historical and Cultural Values of Belarus. Five of them are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. These are points, or centers, in Leskovichi, Osovnitsa, Chekutsk in Brest Oblast, Lopaty and Tupishki in Grodno Oblast.
The Struve Arc is a chain of survey triangulations stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to the Black Sea, through 10 countries and over 2,820 km. These are points of a survey, carried out between 1816 and 1855 by the astronomer Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve, which represented the first accurate measuring of a long segment of a meridian. The original arc consisted of 258 main triangles with 265 main station points.