Global positioning system

Global positioning system

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Credit: SIMON FRASER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Global positioning system (GPS) receiver being held in a hand. The system utilizes a network of satellites that orbit the Earth. Each of these sends out signals about its position and the time. By using the signals, the receiver can calculate its latitude, longitude & altitude, as well as the local time. Photographed in Greenland.

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Keywords: arctic, climate, display, electronic, electronics, environment, garmin, global positioning system, gps, greenland, hand, hand-held, location, north, northern, orienteering, portable, position, receiver, satellite navigation, technology

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