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Meters to Degrees ?? Possible?
by Aruny Kand on 03/15/04 at 16:37:37

Hi I was wondering if it is possible to convert from a meter, to degrees?

Thanks


Re: Meters to Degrees ?? Possible?
by Albert on 03/16/04 at 05:09:23

Nope,

Degrees is a unit for angles, Meter is a unit for length.


Re: Meters to Degrees ?? Possible?
by Robert Fogt on 03/16/04 at 14:23:49

Is this degree latitude/longitude that you meant?

The distance between degrees latitude and longitude varies, since it is based on the shape of the Earth, which is not quite spherical.

I have heard people say 1 degree = 60 nautical miles, but that is an average distance between 1 degree latitude. The distance between 1 degree longitude actually varies greatly, between 0 and 69 miles, so you cant really approximate that.

I believe the only way to convert latitude/longitude degrees to distance, would be by looking up the values in a database, probably what places such as MapQuest and Yahoo Maps use.


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