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Latitude and

What is Latitude and Longitude?

For Kids

The earth is a globe. The system of latitude and longitude is a man-made system for finding a location anywhere on the surface of this globe. Latitude are imaginary lines drawn around the globe from side to side. Longitude are imaginary lines drawn up and down.

Latitude: Latitude starts are the Equator. The imaginary line that circles the globe (the earth) at the Equator is called zero. Numbers go up and down from there. Latitude is not measured in miles, but in degrees between ninety and zero in both hemispheres (northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere.) So there are only 180 imaginary lines going around the globe, plus the line for zero that circles the Equator.

Longitude is a series of 360 imaginary lines that circle the earth from Pole to Pole. The line that runs from Pole to Pole and measures zero in longitude runs though London, England. 

You can find any point on the globe if you know the latitude and the longitude of that point.

Latitude & Longitude Games

Prime Meridian, Equator, Hemispheres

Map Skills (flash)

Time Zones, International Dateline

For Teachers

Message in a Bottle: Latitude and Longitude Game (lesson)

Map Reading - Where Am I (lesson, western expansion, latitude, longitude)

Latitude & Longitude

Where in the Latitude Are You A Longitude Here

Latitude & Longitude (includes a free ppt)

Map Skills Lessons, Longitude and Latitude Lessons

Free Presentations in PowerPoint format about Latitude & Longitude

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