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How to convert latitude and longitude coordinates to decimal degrees

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SUMMARY
To find a location on a map by using the latitude and longitude of that location, enter the coordinates in decimal degrees.

If the coordinates that you want to enter are in degrees and minutes, convert the number of minutes to a decimal value.
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To convert the number of minutes to a decimal value, use the following formula:
Decimal value = Minutes/60
As an example, a latitude of 122 degrees 45 minutes North is equal to 122.75 degrees North.
REFERENCES
A tool that you can use to convert coordinates from degrees, minutes, and seconds to decimal degrees is available at the following U.S. Government Web site: To convert Seconds to decimals, divide by 3600.
Decimal value = Seconds/3600
As an example, a latitude of 122 degrees 45 minutes 45 seconds North is equal to 122.7625 degrees North.

So the complete formula looks similar the following:
Decimal value = Degrees + (Minutes/60) + (Seconds/3600)
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Article ID: 244951 - Last Review: 04/15/2008 21:58:14 - Revision: 6.2

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