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Samoa crossing international date line

By Leonard Ho - Posted Dec 29, 2011 02:05 AM
Samao and Tokelau are set to cross the international date line on December 29 and skip straight to December 31. For the people of these islands, December 30, 2011 will have never existed.

Samoa and Tokelau have decided to cross the international date line.  119 years ago, U.S. traders persuaded local Samoan authorities to align their islands' time with neighboring U.S.-controlled American Samoa and the United States to assist their trading with California.  But Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji have grown to be more important trading partners; The decision to cross (back) the international date line is intended to facilitate trade with them.

This news will not have any direct impact on aquarists ... but who knows?  Perhaps aligning their time with Fiji (a major aquarium fish/coral exporter in close proximity) may foster an ornamental fishery industry in Samoa through established logistical channels.  Whatever happens, an entire day 'vanished' is interesting trivia!

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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