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International Date Line – Definition and Its Untold Facts

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Why is International Date Line not straight?

The International Date Line is not perfectly straight because it has been adjusted to allow nations to stay on either side of the line. Splitting countries into two different dates causes a lot of confusion. When the date line was first established, Kiribati was split on both sides, but they later changed their calendars so that everyone was in the same time zone, forcing the International Date Line to shift significantly to the east.

What happens when you cross International Date Line?

When you cross the IDL, you either gain or lose a day depending on which way you are traveling. If you are traveling westward, you gain a day, and if you are traveling eastward, you lose a day.

International Date Line passes through which ocean?

International Date Line passes through the mid-Pacific Ocean.

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