# What are the five major lines of latitude?

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## What are the five major lines of latitude?

TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) The five major latitude lines are the equator, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, and the Arctic and Antarctic Circles.

What is the starting point for lines of latitude called?

Latitude lines are a numerical way to measure how far north or south of the equator a place is located. The equator is the starting point for measuring latitude–that’s why it’s marked as 0 degrees latitude.

### Which direction do lines of latatide run and MESSURE?

Lines of latitude (parallels) run east-west around the globe and are used to measure distances NORTH and SOUTH of the equator. Since the equator is 0 , the latitude of the north pole, 1/4 of the way around the globe going in a northerly direction, would be 90 N. This is the highest latitude possible.

Do the lines of latitude run vertically or horizontally?

Latitude lines run horizontally on a map. They are also known as parallels since they are parallel and equidistant from each other. Lines or degrees of latitude are approximately 69 miles or 111 km apart, with variation due to the fact that the earth is not a perfect sphere but an oblate ellipsoid (slightly egg-shaped).

#### How many miles are in a degree of longitude or latitude?

One degree of latitude is approximately 69 miles, and a minute of. latitude is approximately 1.15 miles. A second of latitude is. approximately 0.02 miles, or just over 100 feet. One degree of longitude varies in size.

What is the relation between latitude and longitude?

Latitude alludes to the horizontal lines that represent the distance of any point, north or south of the equator, its direction is east to west. On the other hand, longitude implies the vertical lines indicating the distance of any point, east or west of the prime meridian, its direction is north to south.

## How do you format longitude and latitude?

Write out latitude and longitude. To write out the full location, start with the line of latitude. Follow this with the coordinates using minutes and decimals. Add a comma and then the line of longitude followed by its minutes and decimals.