MadSci Network: Earth Sciences

Re: What time is it at the north pole?

Date: Sat Oct 16 00:17:50 1999
Posted By: Alex Barron, Undergraduate, Chemistry, Carleton College
Area of science: Earth Sciences
ID: 939930203.Es

Michael, good question.  Time zones were assigned with the interests of 
much lower latitudes (like Colorado) in mind.  By convention, researchers 
and others who visit the North Pole tend to use Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) 
which is the time recorded at the observatory in Greenwich, England.

For more info, you might want to check out the web page for NIST, the 
agency responsible for standardizing time in the US:

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