Chapter 2 Class 6 Geography - Latitudes and Longitudes

What are the lines of latitudes also called?



Answer by Student

  • The lines of latitudes are also called parallels .
  • They are imaginary lines t hat divide the Earth horizontally.

Detailed Explanation by Teachoo

  • The lines of latitudes are also called parallels because they run east to west , parallel to the equator . The equator is the most important line of latitude, as it divides the Earth into two equal halves called hemispheres. The equator has a latitude of 0°.
  • The lines of latitudes are imaginary lines that divide the Earth horizontally , or from side to side. They measure how far a place is from the equator, in degrees north or south. For example, if a place is at 30°N latitude, it means it is 30 degrees north of the equator. If a place is at 45°S latitude, it means it is 45 degrees south of the equator.
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