absolute location

Map showing the location of Alert, Canada. Data from Naturalearth.com, map by Caitlin Dempsey.

What to Know About Absolute and Relative Location

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Understand absolute and relative location: absolute uses coordinates or fixed points, while relative describes a place in relation to another location.

Location in Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela. Map: Wikipedia.

Examples of Absolute and Relative Location

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Here are some examples of the same location described as a relative location and an absolute location.