The Equator is an imaginary line that passes through the countries of Ecuador, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Gabon, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, the Maldives, Indonesia, Kiribati, Colombia, and Brazil. Although the Equator passes through the territory of the Maldives, it does not cross any dry land in the island nation, and whether the equator touches land in Kiribati is uncertain.
The Equator is situated at a latitude of 0 degrees. It is used as a point of reference for dividing the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The equator is the only line on Earth that is considered a great circle. Only about 20 percent of the Equator's length crosses land. The Earth's circumference is about 24,860 miles at the poles but is 24,900 miles at the equator at the Equator because of equatorial bulge.
Locations along the Equator have the same amount of day and night time, 12 hours each, throughout the year. Countries situated along the Equator also have a relatively consistent climate throughout the year, which is generally warm and humid year round due to the amount of solar radiation they receive, with occasional periods of heavy precipitation or aridity.Learn More
There are numerous countries in the western hemisphere, such as the United States, Mexico and Canada. Some other countries in the western hemisphere are Cuba, Brazil and Jamaica.Full Answer >
Major landforms in Mississippi include the Mississippi Plain; Coastal Plain; coastal wetlands; Mississippi, Pearl, Big Black and Yazoo rivers; Ross Barnett Reservoir; Mississippi Sound; and Enid, Grenada and Sardis lakes. Other significant landforms include the Pascagoula River, Tombigbee River, Arkabutla Lake, Cumberland Mountains, Bay St. Louis, Bay Biloxi, Bay Pascagoula and Mississippi Delta.Full Answer >
Prime meridian is the name of the line that marks 0 degrees of longitude. The prime meridian marks the beginning reference point for making measurements in the eastward and westward directions. Any location along the prime meridian serves as a starting point for measurements, although international consensus designates the city of Greenwich, England as the official prime meridian.Full Answer >
An elevation map reflects the elevation of the region being depicted; this is usually done using lines, shading and color patterns. 3D models of elevation maps provide higher resolution and more accurate data, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Another term for an elevation map is a topographic map.Full Answer >