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      a measurement of distance, given in degrees north or south from the equator



The North Pole is at 90°N (90 degrees North) latitude.

We use the lines of latitude on the map to see how far north or south a place is from the equator. 


Related Links:
What's a Solstice?
Latitude and Longitude Finder


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Map of North America and South America with lines of latitude and longitude
The lines of latitude run in the same direction on a map as the equator.
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