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# Which one is closer to the Prime Meridian in the following scenario? Mike is standing at 72 degrees, 30 minutes East Longitude. Shirley is at 72 degrees, 30 minutes West Longitude.

Asked by Djohnston, Last updated: Aug 22, 2024

#### J. Harty

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J. Harty, Writer, M.A, Chula Vista

Do not let the numbers confuse you when you want to answer this question. You have to focus on the prime meridian. Where is the prime meridian located? It is at 0 Degrees Longitude. This means that the distance of both Mike and Shirley are the same. They are just in different locations.

Take note that the longitude, latitude, and the prime meridian are considered to be imaginary lines. They do not exist when you look at the earth as a whole but it helps in determining the distance and the exact location not only of people but also the different countries and places that are situated all over the globe.

#### John Smith

John Smith

They are the same distance

Since the Prime Meridian is 0 degrees Longitude, both Mike and Shirley are the same number of degrees and minutes from that line - just in opposite directions!