are used to denote a regions
(point, line, or area) on the earth
's surface or elsewhere. The term location
generally implies a higher degree of certainty than place
, the latter often indicating an entity with an ambiguous boundary, relying more on human or social attributes of place identity
and sense of place
than on geometry.
, settlement, or populated place is likely to have a well-defined name but a boundary that is not well defined varies by context. London
, for instance, has a legal boundary, but this is unlikely to completely match with general usage. An area within a town, such as Covent Garden
in London, also almost always has some ambiguity as to its extent. In geography, location is considered to be more precise than "place".
A relative location, or situation, is described as a displacement from another site. An example is "3 miles northwest of Seattle
Absolute locations are also relative locations, since even absolute locations are expressed relative to something else. For example, longitude is the number of degrees east or west of the Prime Meridian
, a line arbitrarily chosen to pass through Greenwich, England
. Similarly, latitude is the number of degrees north or south of the Equator
. Because latitude and longitude are expressed relative
to these lines, a position expressed in latitude and longitude is also a relative location.
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