2nd October 2019

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What is the most important parallel of latitude?

The five major parallels of latitudes from north to south are called: Arctic Circle, Tropic of Cancer, Equator, Tropic of Capricorn, and the Antarctic Circle. On a maps where the orientation of the map is either due north or due south, latitude appears as horizontal lines.

Keeping this in consideration, what are the parallels of latitude and meridians of longitude?

Latitude and Longitude (Meridians and Parallels) The Equator is an imaginary circle equidistant from the poles of the Earth. Circles parallel to the Equator (lines running east and west) are parallels of latitude. They are used to measure degrees of latitude north or south of the Equator.

Are meridians parallel to each other?

Latitude lines always run parallel to each other, and hence, they are always an equal distance apart. Latitude lines never converge or cross. Lines of longitude, also called meridians, run north - south. Meridians are farthest apart at the equator, and converge at the North and South Poles.

What do you mean by parallels of latitude?

Latitude is an angle (defined below) which ranges from 0° at the Equator to 90° (North or South) at the poles. Lines of constant latitude, or parallels, run east–west as circles parallel to the equator. Latitude is used together with longitude to specify the precise location of features on the surface of the Earth.
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