# 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.

### Why are nautical miles different to land 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.

### How is a drgree of longitude or latitude further subdivided?

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.