Wed Jun 1 15:58:50 EDT 2011
> How many miles across is China? There must be some 10:00AM local sunrises
> in winter and 11:00PM local time sunsets in summer in Northwestern China....
> -Paul Hopfgarten Concord NH
About 3000 miles, but the western half of the country, except for some small
pockets, is lightly populated.
Of course even with time zones, Anchorage, AK (pop. ~300,000) has sunrises
at 4:30 am and sunsets
at 11:45 pm in June, and 10:45 am / 3:45 pm in December. London england
sees sunsets as early as
3:51 pm in December.
If China positioned the time for the middle of the populated half of the
country, the times would be
quite reasonable for most residents.
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