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latitude(Encyclopedia)latitude, angular distance of any point on the surface of the earth north or south of the equator. The equator is latitude 0°, and the North Pole and South Pole are latitudes 90°N and 90°S, respect...
parallel of latitude(Encyclopedia)parallel of latitude: see latitude.
circumpolar star(Encyclopedia)circumpolar star, star whose diurnal circle lies completely above or completely below an observer's horizon. A star whose diurnal circle lies above the horizon never sets, even though it cannot be see...
dog days(Encyclopedia)dog days, name for the most sultry period of summer, from about July 3 to Aug. 11. Named in early times by observers in countries bordering the Mediterranean, the period was reckoned as extending from...
Bashan(Encyclopedia)Bashan b´shän [key], fertile plain E of the Jordan and the Sea of Galilee from the latitude of Haifa northward to that of Tyre. According to Hebrew tradition, it was conquered by the Israelites an...
longitude(Encyclopedia)longitude ln´jtood [key], angular distance on the earth's surface measured along any latitude line such as the equator east or west of the prime meridian. A meridian of longitude is an imagin...
Ukiah(Encyclopedia)Ukiah yook´ [key], city (1990 pop. 14,599), seat of Mendocino co., W Calif., on the Russian River; inc. 1876. Fruit is packed and shipped from Ukiah, and wine is made. Livestock is also raised,...
Arctic Circle(Encyclopedia)Arctic Circle, imaginary circle on the surface of the earth at 66 12°N latitude, i.e., 23 12° south of the North Pole. It marks the northernmost point at which the sun can be seen at the win...
horse latitudes(Encyclopedia)horse latitudes, two belts of latitude where winds are light and the weather is hot and dry. They are located mostly over the oceans, at about 30° lat. in each hemisphere, and have a north-south rang...
equator(Encyclopedia)equator, imaginary great circle around the earth, everywhere equidistant from the two geographical poles and forming the base line from which latitude is reckoned. The equator, which measures c.24,902...
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