Do yo know the difference between elevation and altitude, they are not the same?
Sun, 5 Feb 2012 10:38:10
When you want to explain the measurement for "above sea level," it is best to say elevation, that is the proper word.
Elevation Defined: The elevation of a geographic location is its height above a fixed reference point , most commonly a reference geoid, a mathematical model of the Earth's sea level as an equipotential gravitational surface (see Geodetic system, vertical datum). Elevation, or geometric height, is mainly used when referring to points on the Earth's surface, while altitude or geopotential height is used for points above the surface, such as an aircraft in flight or a spacecraft in orbit, and depth is used for points below the surface.
Altitude Defined: general definition, altitude is a distance measurement, usually in the vertical or "up" direction, between a reference datum and a point or object. The reference datum also often varies according to the context. Although the term altitude is commonly used to mean the height above sea level of a location, in geography the term elevation is often preferred for this usage. Vertical distance measurements in the "down" direction are commonly referred to as depth.