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The calculated distances presented by Special:Nearby often differ a kilometer or a few hundred meters from the straight line distances provides by several maps. Why?

Does the scale of the location type (1:1000 for landmark, 1:100000 for waterbody, etc) have any impact on the distance calculation, or does it only consider the nominal geoposition of each place?

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