Using gps coordinates does a minute equal a statute mile?
Using GPS coordinates, a minute equals a nautical mile at the equator. A nautical mile is equal to 6,076 feet. A statute mile is equal to 5,280 feet. A minute equals 1.15 statute miles.
The definition of a nautical mile was originally based directly on 1 minute of arc. This means a nautical mile is approximately 1/60 of a degree of latitude. However, it is now equal to exactly 1,852 metres. Meanwhile, "land miles" or statute miles developed in a different system, and a statute mile has evolved to be equal to exactly 5280 feet.
Each degree is divided into 60 minutes, and each minute is divided into 60 seconds. While the distance represented by a degree of longitude can vary with the latitude, each degree of latitude (north and south) is equal to 60 nautical miles, so one minute of latitude is equal to 1 nautical mile. (About 1.15 statute miles) One nautical mile is equal to 2026 yards, so one second of latitude is equal to 33.8 feet.