The Philippine Islands are located between the equator and the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere. Comprised of over 7,100 islands, the archipelago is situated just off the coast of Southeast Asia and is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the South China Sea, Philippine Sea, Celebes Sea, Sulu Sea and the Luzon Strait. It is also located along the Pacific Ring of Fire.Continue Reading
This group of islands is the second-largest archipelago on Earth. The location of the Philippine Islands in the ocean and near the Ring of Fire makes them susceptible to the occurrence of volcanoes, earthquakes and typhoons. Existing in the Philippine islands are 53 active volcanoes that rank as some of the most deadly in the world. Complicating matters is the heavy rainfall associated with the Philippines that also results in mud flows. Tsunamis are also not uncommon to this area.
The terrain of these islands is largely mountainous with low-lying coastal regions. Considered part of the continent of Asia, the archipelago's neighboring countries include Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia. The capital of the Philippines is Manila, located at approximately 14 degrees north latitude and 120 degrees east longitude. Other major Philippine cities include Quezon City, Caloocan, Davao City and Cebu City.Learn more about Southeast Asia
Africa is the only continent through which the equator, the Prime Meridian, the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn pass. The Prime Meridian passes through West Africa. The equator runs through Sub-Saharan Africa, while the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn run through north and south Africa, respectively.Full Answer >
The Tropic of Cancer lies at 23.5 degrees north of the equator and includes the countries of Mexico, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, India, and southern China, as well as the Bahamas. The Tropic of Cancer is mirrored by the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.5 degrees south of the equator.Full Answer >
The seven important lines of latitude are the equator at 0 degrees, Tropic of Capricorn at 23.5 degrees south, Tropic of Cancer at 23.5 degrees north, Antarctic Circle at 66.5 degrees south, Arctic Circle at 66.5 degrees north, South Pole at 90 degrees south and North Pole at 90 degrees north. Latitude is an imaginary line that encircles the planet and runs parallel to the equator.Full Answer >
Borneo, the third-largest island worldwide, lies on the equator and is located within the Malay Archipelago between Southeast Asia to the North and Australia to the south. The 287,000-square-mile tropical island is surrounded by the South China Sea and is divided between the Sultanate of Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia. The largest and southernmost portion of the island is part of the Republic of Indonesia.Full Answer >