Location (geography)

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The terms location and place in geography are used to identify a point or an area on the Earth's surface or elsewhere. The term location generally implies a higher degree of certainty than place, which often indicates an entity with an ambiguous boundary, relying more on human/social attributes of place identity and sense of place than on geometry.

Types of location/place[edit]

An example would be the longitude and tem as the location 9.80°N (latitude), 71.56°W (longitude). It is, however, important to remember that this is just one way the alternative ways can be seen in this link: 9°48′N 71°34′W / 9.80°N 71.56°W / 9.80; -71.56.

Absolute location, however, is a term which has little real meaning, since any location must be expressed relative to something else. For example, longitude is the number of degrees east or west of the Prime Meridian, a line which has arbitrarily been chosen to pass through Greenwich, London. Similarly, latitude is the number of degrees north or south of the Equator. Because latitude and longitude are expressed relative to these lines, a position expressed in latitude and longitude is actually a relative location.[1]

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  1. ^ Gersmehl, P. (2008). Teaching Geography, 2nd ed. p. 60.