# Different Format Coordinates

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First let me say that I have read Markwell's coordinate FAQ. Now this is my question...

Using Google Earth, found at www.keyhole.com, I notice that the coord's format are different than the coord's I see posted on Geocache.com.

Example:

From Geocache: N 34° 44.939 W 077° 25.905

From GoogleEarth: N 34° 44'57.58 W 77°25.52.86

I understand the Deg Min Sec theory but the GoogleEarth app throws me because the seconds won't go higher than 60.

New to geocaching but not new to gps. Last gps bit the dust thanks to a 7ton truck in Iraq.

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1. Visit Geocaching.com

3. Choose "by coordinate"

4. Choose "Degrees, Minutes, Seconds"

That is the version that Google Earth uses.

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I understand the Deg Min Sec theory but the GoogleEarth app throws me because the seconds won't go higher than 60.

Exactly how many seconds do you think should be in a minute?

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I understand the Deg Min Sec theory but the GoogleEarth app throws me because the seconds won't go higher than 60.

Exactly how many seconds do you think should be in a minute?

Wow. That was unhelpful. Thanks for contributing.

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The geocaching.com coordinates are in DD.MM.mmm (decimal minutes) format and the GoogleEarth coordinates are in DD.MM.SS.sss.

There are only 60 seconds in a minute, so that's why GoogleEarth's seconds won't go higher than 60.

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I understand the Deg Min Sec theory but the GoogleEarth app throws me because the seconds won't go higher than 60.

Exactly how many seconds do you think should be in a minute?

Wow. That was unhelpful. Thanks for contributing.

Did you find a poopie in your cornflakes this morning?

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I understand the Deg Min Sec theory but the GoogleEarth app throws me because the seconds won't go higher than 60.

Exactly how many seconds do you think should be in a minute?

Then by example the quoted Geocache coord has 905 secs. That's what's throwing me.

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Geocaching coords use DD MM.MMM

The 905 isnt seconds, its 905/1000 minutes.

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I understand the Deg Min Sec theory but the GoogleEarth app throws me because the seconds won't go higher than 60.

Exactly how many seconds do you think should be in a minute?

Then by example the quoted Geocache coord has 905 secs. That's what's throwing me.

No it doesn't. the .905 aren't seconds, they are the decimal part of the minutes. The .905 would convert to 54.3 seconds.

DD MM.mmm

The .mmm can be converted to seconds by multiplying by 60.

.mmm x 60 = SS.ss

DD MM' SS.ss"

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I understand the Deg Min Sec theory but the GoogleEarth app throws me because the seconds won't go higher than 60.

Exactly how many seconds do you think should be in a minute?

Wow. That was unhelpful. Thanks for contributing.

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Bushwhacked Glenn Posted on Jul 15 2005, 03:59 AM

The Iraq guy needed a little help with coord conversion.

Perhaps he could help you figure out the proper contraction of "you are".

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Thanks DB,

That made more sense. Guess I didn't comprend the FAQ very well.

You are = You're

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Bushwhacked Glenn Posted on Jul 15 2005, 03:59 AM

The Iraq guy needed a little help with coord conversion.

Perhaps he could help you figure out the proper contraction of "you are".

Who peed in you're corn flakes?

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Bushwhacked Glenn Posted on Jul 15 2005, 11:58 AM

Who peed in you're corn flakes?

That's priceless.

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From Geocache: N 34° 44.939 W 077° 25.905

From GoogleEarth: N 34° 44'57.58 W 77°25.52.86

OK - here's a HELPFUL post...

N 34° 44.939 W 077° 25.905

N 34° 44'57.58 W 77°25.52.86

The Blue numbers are Minutes

The Red numbers are Seconds.

If you take GoogleEarth's coordinates for the latitude and convert them...

57.58 seconds = 0.939 minutes (57.58 ÷ 60 = 0.905).

So N 34 Degrees, 44.939 minutes, is equal to N 34° Degrees, 44 minutes, 57.58 seconds.

Try out the math for longitude and it works too.

52.86 ÷ 60 = 0.905

Make everything clearer?

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1. Visit Geocaching.com

3. Choose "by coordinate"

4. Choose "Degrees, Minutes, Seconds"

That is the version that Google Earth uses.

Been at this for a almost a year and have never bothered to check this out! The coordinates I get from MS Maps and Streets come in this format, so this tip was very helpful!

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I don't know whether it because I have Google earth Plus, but although the display is in min/secs, if I enter the normal MM.mmm in the search, it will find the correct location.

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