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# What is so important about latitude and longitude, and what is it used for?

I need to know this what exactly is latitude and longitude used for and why is it so important?

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- shortgillyLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
Latitude and longitude is the most standard way of describing an absolute location. Absolute locations differ from relative locations in that absolute location is mathematically derived and each and every point on earth has a unique description. In addition, with decimal places you can get more and more precise right down to a single dot.

Relative locations, like addresses, cities, countries, parcel numbers, etc. can vary over time, may have duplicate places they might refer to, and can't be drilled down quite as precisely.

Because absolute locations are mathematical (and grid oriented) they can also be used to calculate area, distance, orientation, and angles in ways that relative locations cannot. This is very helpful for a number of spatial exercises such as navigation and surveying.

- 9 years ago
It is difficult to describe the location of a point on a sphere like the earth. Now the question arises as to how to locate a place on it? We need certain points of reference and lines to find out the location of places.The equator is an imaginary circular line and is a very important reference point to locate places on the earth. All parallel circles from the equator up to the poles are called parallels

of latitudes. Latitudes are measured in degrees. To fix the position of a place, it is necessary to know something more than the latitude of that place. You can see, for example, that Tonga Islands (in the Pacific Ocean) and Mauritius Islands (in the Indian Ocean) are situated on the same latitude (i.e., 20° S). Now, in order to locate them precisely, we must find out how far east or west these places are from a given line of reference running from the North Pole to the South Pole. These lines of references are called the meridians of longitude, and the distances between them are measured in ‘degrees of longitude.’

Source(s): my text book - Mr. CrinkleLv 59 years ago
Ever use GPS? GPS uses latitude and lognitude to determine where you are and what's the best way to get to where you're going. Latitude lines are horizontal lines that exist at intervals on our spherical planet. Longitudinal lines are vertical lines which exist at intervals on our spherical planet. Right now you have a specific latitude and longitude which could tell anyone exactly where you are on our planet.

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- bibleLv 44 years ago
It relies upon on how precise you % the respond. For notably stable effects, use those formula: R = earth’s radius (mean radius = 6,371 km) ?lat = lat2? lat1 ?long = long2? long1 a = sin²(?lat / 2) + cos(lat1) * cos(lat2) * sin²(?long / 2) c = 2atan2(?a, ?(a million?a)) d = R * c in case you % extra precise effects, making an allowance for the ellipsoid shape of the Earth, then you definately would desire to apply the formula developed by utilising Vincenty. in case you % much extra accuracy, which includes the outcomes of mountains and valleys, you may wish a digital 3-D map of the Earth.