L is for…..


L is for longitude and latitude. I know it is two words but work with me here.  Longitude and latitude have been used for hundreds of years to navigate around earth. Here is a definition from http://whatis.techtarget.com:  Latitude and longitude are angles that uniquely define points on a sphere. Together, the angles comprise a coordinate scheme that can locate or identify geographic positions on the surfaces of planets such as the earth.

Here is a good article about the history  https://www.broward.org/library/bienes/lii14010.htm.

It explains that as new inventions such as the clock and the satellite that longitude and latitude became easier to track and maps became more accurate.  For example googlemaps has a help page where you can find the latitude and longitude coordinates for a specific place.

What I find the most interesting is that no matter what the technology is longitude and latitude are the basis for it and that is why I chose to write about it.



Filed under 2014 A to Z Challenge

2 responses to “L is for…..

  1. Fun post! I never gave much thought to latitude and longitude before. Just a hint, when you list a link, it’s easier to use if you make it clickable. Just highlight it and then click on the paperclip icon at the top of your wordpress editing box.

    Found you on the A-Z list.

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