The Soviet Union lies in the eastern hemisphere and forms the northern part of the Eurasian land mass, while the United States is in the western hemisphere where it makes up the bulk of the southern half of North America. This difference is expressed in terms of longitude and latitude in Table 3.1, from which it can be seen that the United States extends one-sixth the way round the globe in an east-west direction, the Soviet Union almost half-way (172 degrees of longitude). This contrast is not so great as it first appears because the circumference of the globe diminishes northwards from the equator.
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