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Because I guarantee you the people who "calculate the center of continents" use no more sophisticated methods than drawing the contour of the continent on cardboard, cutting it out, and balancing the resulting shape on a pin. The variations come from the different projections used to draw the maps.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Feb 12th, 2006 at 06:08:20 AM EST
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