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Oil drilling: Wrong coordinate system creates lake 1,300 feet deep (1980) (wikipedia.org)
32 points by dctoedt on Nov 30, 2018 | hide | past | favorite | 3 comments

Too bad the premise for this post is completely uncited:

> the rig was positioned as if the coordinates were in the Universal Transverse Mercator coordinate system when, in actuality, they were in transverse Mercator projection[citation needed]

And doesn't quite make sense either. Transverse Mercator is a family of transformations, not a particular projection. Seems more likely they got confused between a local projection and some other one. Really easy to do.

"The resultant whirlpool sucked in the drilling platform, eleven barges, many trees and 65 acres (26 ha) of the surrounding terrain."

It's remarkable nobody lost their life.

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