What Unit Is Used to Measure the Longitude and Latitude on a Map?

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The longitude and latitude on a map are measured in angular units called degrees, minutes and seconds. One degree is equal to 60 minutes and 1 minute is equal to 60 seconds.

Latitude and longitude is the coordinate system used on Earth. This system is widely used in the field of navigation. It provides a high level of accuracy for pinpointing an exact location.

Latitude refers to the angular distance measured north and south of the Equator, while longitude is the angular distance calculated east and west of the Prime Meridian. The Equator is 0 degrees latitude, while the Prime Meridian is 0 degrees longitude.