Latitude and Longitude

What do minutes and seconds have to do with longitude and latitude?

Each degree of longitude and latitude is divided into 60 minutes. Each minute is divided into 60 seconds. An absolute location is written using degrees (°), minutes (’), and seconds (”) of both longitude and latitude. Thus, the Statue of Liberty is located at 40°41’22” North, 74°2’40” West.

Latitude lines run horizontally around the globe, while longitude lines run from north to south.

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