Shaded relief map of the world showing the five major lines of latitude.

Latitude and Longitude Explained: How to Read Geographic Coordinates

Caitlin Dempsey

Learn more about lines you see on a map running east-west and north-south called latitude and longitude.

Screenshot from QGIS showing the interface for adding a CSV file with a red circle around the dropdown menus for designated the X and Y fields.

X is Longitude, Y is Latitude

Caitlin Dempsey

Here are some simple strategies for remembering that X is longitude and Y is latitude in GIS.

Screenshot: Antipodes Map

What’s on the Other Side of the World?

Caitlin Dempsey

The spot diametrically opposed to a location on Earth is called the antipode.

How to Find the Latitude and Longitude of a Location Using Google Maps

Caitlin Dempsey

This tutorial will take you step-by-step through the process of finding the X,Y coordinates of a specific location using Google Maps.