Caliper Mapping and Transportation Glossary

DEFINITION

What is latitude?

In geography, latitude is the distance on the earth’s surface, north or south of the Equator, expressed in angular measurements from 0° at the Equator to 90° (North or South). Southern latitudes can also be expressed as negative number where -90° is at the South Pole. Lines of latitude run parallel to the Equator. Latitude and longitude can be used together to specify a precise location on the Earth.

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What is a Latitude? Map of latitudes created with Maptitude map software

Latitude is expressed in degrees North or South of the Equator. Other important latitude lines include the tropic circles, the Arctic Circle, and the Antarctic Circle.