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Australia Is About To Move 6 Feet North

Australia Moving 6 Feet North

The continent drifts almost 3 inches a year, so now it's out of line with Global Positioning Systems (GPS). This isn't such a problem when you're using GPS to get to a specific address. But once self driving cars become mainstream, a 6 foot difference could put you into oncoming traffic. Australia is drifting because the tectonic plate that it's on is moving. The US is moving, too, but at a much slower pace. We'll probably have to move our coordinates about 3 feet in 2022. On January 1, 2017, Australia's coordinate system will shift 6 feet to line up with where the continent actually is. Hopefully, this will allow the continent to get back in line with the rest of the world by 2020.But the tectonic plates keep shifting, so we'll have to move it again eventually.