On the Representation of the Geoid on the Ellipsoid
Recently the discussion has been reopened on the problem of the representation of a geodetic network on the ellipsoid (Vening-Meinesz et al. 1950), a question whose importance is not only theoretical, but also practical, since very extensive geodetic networks of continental scale have been unified into great complexes, and still more will be in the near future. With the growth in the dimensions of those complexes, the divergence between the actual surface of the geoid and that of the ellipsoid becomes increasingly in evidence, and account must be taken of those discrepancies which could for the most part be ignored in practice when working in more limited regions.
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