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Which way does the equator run?
Last Updated: 3rd April, 2020
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Keeping this in view, does the equator run east to west?
Latitude lines run east and west and measure north and south; longitude lines run north and south and measure east and west. The equator is 0 degree latitude. This imaginary line, which runs through parts of South America, Africa, and Asia, is officially the halfway point between the North Pole and the South Pole.
Furthermore, what lines measure north and south of the equator and run east to west? The imaginary lines circling the globe in an east-west direction are called the lines of latitude (or parallels, as they are parallel to the equator). They are used to measure distances north and south of the equator. The lines circling the globe in a north-south direction are called lines of longitude (or meridians).
In this regard, how do lines of latitude run in relation to the equator?
Lines of latitude (parallels) run east-west around the globe and are used to measure distances NORTH and SOUTH of the equator. Since the equator is 0?, the latitude of the north pole, 1/4 of the way around the globe going in a northerly direction, would be 90?N. This is the highest latitude possible.
What purpose does the equator serve?
The Equator and Prime Meridian are circles that stretch all the way around the Earth. The Equator separates the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The Equator is at 0° latitude. The Prime Meridian separates the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.