What is Longitude and Latitude?

Definitions, information and stories about longitude and latitude.

What is Longitude and Latitude?

What is longitude and latitude? Have you ever been confused which is longitude and latitude? Well, you have come to the right place. This page lists various sites which have information about longitude and latitude and other related information (and even stories).

Longitude and Latitude
This site contains notes on longitude and latitude. Although the notes are brief, the coverage is fairly extensive.

Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude
This is the transcript of the PBS program that was aired in October 6, 1998 (but still highly relevant).
If you are a teacher, you might want to check this page to find some useful information on how you can use this program in your lesson on Longitude and Latitude.

Secrets of Ancient Navigation
How did the sailors of ancient days manage to navigate without our modern maps and knowledge? Read the story of their secret here.

Chronometers and Longitude/Latitude
Want to understand why it is that having a precise timepiece (also known as a chronometer) helps you determine your longitude? Check out this site and play their online game to find out.

Also On This Site...

Longitude and Latitude Tools
World Maps and Atlases
Longitude and Latitude WebQuest


The links on this page were tested as valid on 26 April 2016.