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##### Asked by: Prosper Lew

science geography# How is a degree of longitude and latitude further subdivided?

**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.

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 (”).

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).

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**!