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How is a degree of longitude and latitude further subdivided?

Last Updated: 25th June, 2021

Degrees of latitude and longitude can be further subdivided into minutes and seconds (units of arc, not time): There are 60 minutes (') per degree, and 60 seconds (") per minute. For example, a coordinate might be written 65° 32' 15". At a latitude of 45 degrees, a degree of longitude is approximately 49 miles.

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Similarly, it is asked, what is each degree of latitude or longitude further divided into?

The primary unit in which longitude and latitude are given is degrees (°). There are 360° of longitude (180° E ↔ 180° W) and 180° of latitude (90° N ↔ 90° S). Each degree can be broken into 60 minutes ('). Each minute can be divided into 60 seconds (”).

Also Know, how many degrees of longitude are there? 360 degrees

Likewise, people ask, how is each degree of longitude further divided?

Degrees of longitude are divided into 60 minutes. Each minute of longitude can be further divided into 60 seconds. For example, the longitude of Paris, France, is 2° 29' E (2 degrees, 29 minutes east).

How many degrees of longitude is an hour?

Going right around the earth, from east to west for example, there are 360 degrees of longitude. So, here's another way of putting it: in one hour, the earth turns through 15 degrees of longitude!

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