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# How many minutes are in one degree of latitude?

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Just like there are 60 minutes in 1 hour, there are 60 minutes in 1 degree of latitude. Note that a minute in regards to latitude is a distance rather than a time.

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Locations on Earth are measured using a system of longitudes and latitudes. Latitudes consist of parallel lines that run west and east, while longitudes run through the north and south pole and are not parallel to each other. The distance between lines of latitude is approximately 60 nautical miles from the equator, but this distance shrinks towards the two poles. This means that a minute near the equator is equal to roughly 1 mile, but this can change.

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Latitude and longitude are listed terms of degrees, minutes and seconds in reference to either the equator, for latitude, or Greenwich, England, for longitude. For instance, the latitude 48?22'34"N is read as 48 degrees, 22 minutes and 34 seconds North of the equator.

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The Arctic Circle is located 66.5 degrees north of the equator, which is at 0 degrees latitude. The area directly above the Arctic Circle pertains to the Arctic region, also known as the "Land of the Midnight Sun."

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There is no country located 30 degrees south latitude and 60 degrees east longitude. The islands that are nearest to these coordinates are Reunion, a province of France, and the country of Mauritius.