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This is a bit of a silly question, but I've got to ask. I'm wondering what the proper pronunciation is for standard GPS coordinates. A coordinate like:

N 43 23.212

W 117 23.312

or similar, what is the proper pronunciation of the numbers? The first number is obviously degrees "forty-three degrees", but what about the xx.xxx numbers? Are these minutes and seconds like with astronomy? Sorry for the newbie question, but I'm curious! Without knowing, I pronounce it differently each time I say it!

Thanks,

Kris

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Originally posted by prizmski:

The first number is obviously degrees "forty-three degrees", but what about the xx.xxx numbers? Are these minutes and seconds like with astronomy?

They're decimal minutes, so the correct pronunciation would be "twenty-three point two one two".

SimonG.org - now with added blog!

quote:
Originally posted by SimonG:

They're decimal minutes, so the correct pronunciation would be "twenty-three point two one two".

"twenty-three point two one two" minutes.

Jamie

In astronomy, terrestrial, martian, etc, coordinate systems, the lon/lat coordinates are written 37d25m38s, 37d25m38.087s, 37d25.63m, 37d25.635m, 37.42725d, etc, where you would read degrees for d, minutes for m, and seconds for s. Of course, in astronomy the equivalent of longitude is right ascension and that's written h m s.

... and don't believe that second coordinate as far as you can throw your computer.

[This message was edited by brad.32 on March 21, 2003 at 06:23 AM.]

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Originally posted by Geo-Trekker:

N 43 23.212

W 117 23.312

Would be:

"North 43 degrees, 23 minutes and 212 seconds"

"West 117 degress, 23 minutes and 312 seconds"

A Man with a GPS knows exactly where he is...A Man with two GPS's can never decide!

Actually Geo-Trekker the .212 and .312 are decimal fractions of 1 minute (60 sec) so the correct number of seconds is .212 x 60 = 12.72 seconds and .312 x 60 = 18.72 seconds.

I made a similar error recently so I know how easy it is to do.

Cheers, Olar

"You are only young once but you can stay immature forever"

° = degrees

. = Point

' = Minutes

" = Seconds

N = North

W = West

mE = Meters East

mW = Meters West

h = Hemisphere

d = degrees

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hddd°mm.mmm'

N 43° 23.212' W 117° 23.312'

North Forty three degrees twenty three point two hundread twelve minutes

West One hundread seventeen degrees twenty three point three hundread twelve minutes

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hddd.ddddd°

N 43.38687° W 117.30606°

North Forty Three point Three eight six eight seven degrees

West One hundread seventeen point three zero six zero six degrees

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hddd°mm'ss.s"

N 43° 23'12.7" W 117°23'12.7"

North Forty Three degrees twenty three minutes twelve point seven seconds

West One hundread seventeen degrees twenty three minutes twelve point seven seconds

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UTM UPS

11 T 0468666mE 4803850mN

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http://edu-observatory.org/maps/utm.html

http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/seg/gmag/fldsnth1.pl

Tahosa - Dweller of the Mountain Tops.

quote:
Originally posted by Geo-Trekker:

N 43 23.212

W 117 23.312

Would be:

"North 43 degrees, 23 minutes and 212 seconds"

"West 117 degress, 23 minutes and 312 seconds"

A Man with a GPS knows exactly where he is...A Man with two GPS's can never decide!

A kid with one GPS thinks he's pretty smart. I can't imagine a kid having two!

Nice try.

"This is a bit of a silly question, but I've got to ask. I'm wondering what the proper pronunciation is for standard GPS coordinates."-Prizmski

Sorry, you asked for it, now you've got twenty three point two hundred twelve different answers. However you pronounce it, say it like you mean it, and people will believe you...

Actually the numbers after the decimal represent tenths hundredths and thousandths.

quote:
Originally posted by Tahosa:

hddd°mm.mmm'

N 43° 23.212' W 117° 23.312'

North Forty three degrees twenty three point two hundread twelve minutes

West One hundread seventeen degrees twenty three point three hundread twelve minutes

Not "point two hundred and twelve" but "point two one two".

Do not extend your expectations unto others, you will not be disappointed by the stupid things they do.

Mokita!

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