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Map of Earth showing some major latitudes

The latitude of the Earth gives the distance north or south of the equator.[1] It is measured in degrees. Latitude is represented by the Greek letter phi, [math]\phi\,\![/math]. It is usually used along with a measurement of longitude in order to pinpoint a location on Earth.

The equator is numbered 0 degrees. Everything north or south of the equator is designated either as north latitude or south latitude.[2] The Antarctic Circle, Tropic of Capricorn, Tropic of Cancer, and Arctic Circle are all circles of latitude.

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  1. "Explanation of Latitude and Longitude". Satellite Signals Limited. http://www.satsig.net/lat_long.htm. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  2. "latitude". National Geographic Society. http://nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/latitude/. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 

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