parallel of latitude

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Related to circle of longitude: Circle of latitude, Tropic of Cancer
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Noun1.parallel of latitude - an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator
polar circle - a line of latitude at the north or south poles
horse latitude - either of two belts or regions near 30 degrees north or 30 degrees south; characterized by calms and light-baffling winds
line - a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
tropic - either of two parallels of latitude about 23.5 degrees to the north and south of the equator representing the points farthest north and south at which the sun can shine directly overhead and constituting the boundaries of the Torrid Zone or tropics
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Having gone through the first two activities, students should realise that they can apply the definition of angle measure to find the distance between two points along a circle of longitude (multiply the (smaller) latitudinal difference, in radians of course, by the radius of the Earth).
Since a circle of longitude is a great circle, the latter distance is the shortest between the two points along the Earth surface.
Projecting it down to the surface of the Earth, we get a local terrestrial meridian that is really just part of a circle of longitude.