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science geography# How many numbers are in a GPS coordinate?

Last Updated: 26th January, 2020

**coordinates**in a fully decimal notation, usually with 5 decimal places, so for latitude (-90 to +90) you could use decimal(7, 5) (-90.00000 to 90.00000), for longitude you could use decimal(8, 5) (-180.00000 to 180.00000). I've always worked with six

**digits**after the decimal.

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Subsequently, one may also ask, how long is a GPS coordinate?

The line of longitude is read as 2 degrees (2°), 10 minutes (10′), 26.5 seconds (12.2”) east. The line of latitude is read as 41 degrees (41), 24.2028 minutes (24.2028) north. The **coordinate** for the line of latitude represents north of the Equator because it is positive.

Also, what do the numbers in GPS coordinates mean? **GPS coordinates** are most commonly expressed as latitude and longitude. With the first **number** indicating latitude, and the second **number** representing longitude (the minus sign indicates "west"). Being numeric-only, the second **means** of notation is the most commonly used for inputting positions into **GPS** devices.

Simply so, what are the different GPS coordinate formats?

**Here are examples of formats that work:**

- Degrees, minutes, and seconds (DMS): 41°24'12.2"N 2°10'26.5"E.
- Degrees and decimal minutes (DMM): 41 24.2028, 2 10.4418.
- Decimal degrees (DD): 41.40338, 2.17403.

What is the difference between GPS coordinates and latitude and longitude?

**GPS** (global positioning system) **coordinates** are usually expressed as the combination of **latitude and longitude**. **Latitude** is a measure of degrees of distance from the equator, which is 0 degrees. The north and south poles are at 90 degrees in either direction.