Meaning of Latitudes

Latitudes are imaginary lines or angular distance of a point on the earth surface, which is measured in degrees from the centre of the earth.

Lines of latitude run from West to East and they can be used to calculate distance between one place to another and at the same time can be used in locating places on maps.

Latitudes are parallel to the equator, which divides the earth into two equal halves i.e. (the Northern hemisphere ‘— 900N’ and Southern hemisphere ‘900S’). Often times, they are called parallels of latitude.

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