# What are the lines on a map called that run parallel to the equator?

## What are the lines on a map called that run parallel to the equator?

The imaginary lines circling the globe in an east-west direction are called the lines of latitude (or parallels, as they are parallel to the equator). They are used to measure distances north and south of the equator. The lines circling the globe in a north-south direction are called lines of longitude (or meridians).

## What are the parallel lines on a map called?

Parallels on maps are the lines you see that are from left to right. The lines that run from top to bottom are meridians. Parallels represent latitude and meridians represent longitude. The two sets form a grid that sections off maps into the four directions: north, south, east and west.

## What are the two lines that run parallel to the equator?

The lines parallel to the equator are called latitudes. These are imaginary lines running both north and south of the equator which approximately divides the earth into two equal halves.