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# How much longer is a nautical knot than a geographic mile?

Question #96779. Asked by dac1964. (Jun 19 08 10:07 AM)

BRY2K

One nautical mile converts to:

1.150779 "geographic" miles.

http://www.boatsafe.com/tools/scale.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nautical_mile

 Jun 19 08, 10:13 AM
davejacobs

You can't compare a velocity (knot) with a distance (mile).

A knot is a speed of one nautical mile per hour.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knot_%28speed%29

 Jun 19 08, 10:39 AM
zbeckabee

When the definition of the nautical mile was specified by international agreement, its value was based on this idealized Earth so that it is the average of one minute of arc in both the equatorial and polar planes. The nautical mile is therefore slightly shorter than the geographical mile and is defined precisely as 1,852 meters or 6,076.115 international feet.

http://www.aerospaceweb.org/question/history/q0139.shtml

A nautical mile, or knot, is the same as a geographical mile. Its length is six thousand and eighty feet. A statute mile in the United States measures five thousand two hundred and eighty feet.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~fassitt/kenealy/kenealy4a.html

 Jun 19 08, 11:02 AM

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