So one sixtieth of 6000 feet is roughly 100 feet! Parallels and Meridians The grid system of latitude and longitude consists of a network of imaginary lines encircling the earth in two directions: In order to precisely locate any spot in the world, therefore, we use a geographic coordinate system that is measured in degrees of latitude and longitude.

What matters is what latitude you are.

Longitude At Other Latitudes: I can see that the lines of longitude get closer and closer together towards the poles! And everywhere!

## RASC Calgary Centre - Latitude and Longitude

He is the author of both a geography reference book and a guide to winning National Geography Bee contests. There's a lot of ocean in the North Atlantic. At the Poles - all lines of Longitude converge to a point - there is no distance between them.

Well, there's 360 degrees in a circle, so if we divide 24,901. Continue Reading. To go one degree West you might have to climb a mile high mountain, but we're going to ignore that and assume the surface of the Earth is smooth. Each minute is further divided into 60 seconds " , although it's becoming common to use tenths of a minute, or decimal minutes , instead of seconds.

One minute of latitude equals one nautical mile and degrees of latitude are 60 nm apart. No problem finding things!

## Getting Started

At other Latitudes, the distance between longitudes decreases the further North or South you go. A degree of longitude is widest at the equator at 69. But what happens to the distance between lines of longitude as you go north or south away from the equator?!

Notice that the distance between lines of latitude remains the same!

## What Is the Distance Between Degrees of Latitude and Longitude?

Luckily, in today's digital world, computers can do the math for us. Abdullah Qayum Abdullah Qayum 366 1 3 7.

More useful information from the about. Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead? Share Flipboard Email. Similarly, if you right click on a location in MapQuest you will get the latitude and longitude data. So, roughly speaking , what's the greatest distance there can be between one minute and the next?

Degrees of latitude are parallel so, for the most part, the distance between each degree remains constant.