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The free printable world maps on our website are great tools for geography teachers and students who need a world map for school projects. They can also be used for presentations at work or simply for personal use at home. Download now your world map with longitude and latitude!
World Map with Latitude and Longitude PDF
While we offer a large number of maps on this website for free download, the ones on this page particularly show how the Earth’s surface is divided. You will find several versions of a world map with coordinates on this page.
What Are Latitudes and Longitudes?
Latitude lines are the imaginary horizontal lines running around the world. They are also known as parallels because they run parallel to each other. Latitude is measured in degrees, with the Equator being at 0° latitude, and the North and South Poles at 90° latitude.
Longitude lines are the imaginary vertical lines running around the world. They are also known as meridians because they run from the North Pole to the South Pole. Longitude is measured in degrees, with the Prime Meridian being at 0° longitude, and lines running east or west of it.
What Are Longitudes and Latitudes Used For?
Latitude and longitude lines are an important part of any world map. Latitude lines run east-west and mark the distance north or south of the equator, while longitude lines run north-south and mark the distance east or west of the prime meridian.
Together, these lines can be used to pinpoint any location on the globe. For example, if someone were looking for New York City on a world map, they would first find its latitude and longitude coordinates (40.7128° N, 74.0060° W). They would then plot those coordinates on the map, which would place them directly over New York City. That way, anyone looking at the map would know exactly where to find it. Latitude and longitude are an essential part of navigation and mapping, and allow us to pinpoint any location on Earth with great accuracy.
Map of World with Longitude
The world map below shows the latitudes and longitudes as well as all the countries of the world and the oceans. At the top and bottom of the map, the degrees for west and east are indicated. Also, there is a zoom on the map of Europe.
Map of World with Latitude
Here is another world map with latitude and longitude lines. It also shows the Prime Meridian together with the degrees north, south, east and west.
World Map with Longitude and Latitude Degrees Coordinates
The world map with longitude and latitude degrees shows the coordinates that refer to the angles of the different lines. All the latitudes and longitudes combined form a coordinate system or grid. This helps to determine the exact position of any location on planet Earth for navigation and other purposes.
World map with Latitude and Longitude
The Equator is an imaginary line that divides the Earth into two hemispheres or equal halves, with one side being the northern and the other the southern hemisphere. The latitude of the Earth’s equator is zero degrees of arc. The equator is one of the five latitudes that have particular names. The other ones are the two polar circles (Antarctic Circle and Arctic Circle) as well as the two tropics (Tropic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer).
The circumference of the Equator is approximately 24,901 miles (40,075 km).
The country of Ecuador in South America is named after the Equator. Its capital Quito is located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of the equator. This corresponds to just ¼ of a degree.
World map with Equator and Prime Meridian
While the Equator divides the planet into the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, the Prime Meridian is another great circle that separates the Eastern and Western Hemisphere. The Prime Meridian runs through England and Greenwich and is at zero-degree latitude.
World Map with Equator Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn
This map of the world map also shows the Equator, the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer, as well as the Antarctic Circle and the Arctic Circle.
The tropics mark the northern and southern latitudes where the sun can be seen at 90 degrees above or below the horizon. When the sun is directly overhead one of the tropics on June 21 and December 21, this marks the summer or winter solstice (Northern and Southern Hemispheres respectively).
World Map with Greenwich Line
The Greenwich Line (or Greenwich meridian) is an imaginary line drawn through the Greenwich Observatory in London, England. This line is used as the Prime Meridian, or 0° longitude, for all maps of the world. The Greenwich Line was chosen as the Prime Meridian in 1884 because it was already a well-established reference point for maritime navigation.
Around the world, ships would set their chronometers (precision clocks) to GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) before setting out on a journey. This allowed them to accurately calculate their position at sea. Today, although GPS has replaced chronometers for navigation, the Greenwich Line remains the Prime Meridian for maps. Every place on Earth is measured east or west of the Greenwich Line, making it an essential reference point for the geography of our planet.
Download a Free World Map With Longitudes and Latitudes
If you’re looking for a world map with longitude and latitude lines to use as a teaching aid in your classroom, you can download a printable world map for free from this website. All the maps are available in PDF format.
Simply click on the links below all the images on this page to download your free world map with latitudes and longitudes that you can print. If you need a world map for your school project or presentation, these world maps will come in handy. You can use them for teaching, learning, and testing in many different ways.
Ideas for Using a World Map as a Teaching Aid in the Classroom
When using a world map as a teaching aid, there are a number of different activities you can do with your students. For example, you can have them find specific locations or countries on the map and label them. Or, you can use the world map to teach about latitude and longitude lines and how they are used to pinpoint locations on the globe.
Another option would be to create quizzes or games where students have to identify countries or other geographical features based on their coordinates. Also, after cutting printed maps into pieces, your students can make puzzles out of them. On a more general level, you could discuss in the classroom what makes a good map for different purposes.
Do you have any other ideas for using a world map as a teaching aid in the classroom? Share them in the comments below!
More Free Maps for Download
We offer a number of other maps of the world with all the countries and continents. You can download, save and print them for free.