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What are Latitude and Longitude?

What are Latitude and Longitude?

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Latitude and Longitude
Do you always plan your trip in advance? We often find it difficult to locate the place of our interest. We live in a big world. We are not aware of the location of every place on the globe. Therefore, we can find out the location of that place with the help of Latitude and Longitude. A person will be able to locate the place on the map with the help of Latitude and Longitude. They are defined as imaginary lines drawn on maps to find the location of the place. MerrySpell team will enlighten you today with the difference between Latitude and Longitude.

Latitude and Longitude

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1. Latitude: Definition

The lines that run horizontally across the earth is known as Latitude. Latitude is always measured in degrees. The latitude of the equator is zero degree.  The imaginary lines that are parallel to the equator is known as Latitude. Latitude provides us with the distance north to south of the equator

2. Longitude: Definition

The lines that run vertically across the earth is known as the lines of longitude. Longitude provides us with the distance east or west of the equator.  These lines of longitude are known as meridians. The meridian is set at 0 degree longitude.

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3. Latitude: Location

Latitude is helpful in finding the north-south location on the map. The places located in Northern Hemisphere are allotted with a suffix ‘’N’’. N signifies northern hemisphere. The places located in the Southern Hemisphere are allotted with a suffix ‘’S’’. S signifies southern hemisphere.

4. Longitude: Location

Latitude is helpful in finding how far east or west an object is from the earth is. The lines that pass through the North Pole to the South Pole is known as meridian. Prime Meridian is the most important type of meridian. Greenwich is where it passes through in England.

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5. Latitude: Measurement

It is seen that one degree of latitude makes up to 69 miles. The latitude of the South Pole is 90 degrees S whereas the latitude of the North Pole is 90 degrees S. We are not able to see all the lines on the map.

 

6. Longitude: Measurement

We measure the longitude in degrees. The world’s eastern hemisphere is measured in 80 degrees. The world’s western hemisphere is measured in 80 degrees. They together make it 360 degrees since it covers the actual distance around a circle.

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