## What is a meter?

A meter is a unit of length in the metric system, and it is equivalent to 100 centimeters or 1,000 millimeters. It is the base unit of length in the International System of Units (SI) and is widely used around the world for measuring distances. The meter was originally defined as one ten-millionth of the distance from the North Pole to the equator along a meridian passing through Paris, France. However, in 1983, the meter was redefined as the distance traveled by light in a vacuum during a specific time interval.

## What is a US Nautical Mile?

A US nautical mile is a unit of measurement used primarily in navigation and marine activities. It is defined as exactly 1,852 meters or approximately 6,076.12 feet. The term "nautical mile" originated from the need for sailors to measure distances on the Earth's surface while taking into account the curvature of the Earth.

The US nautical mile is based on the international nautical mile, which was established in 1929 by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). The IHO defined the nautical mile as one minute of latitude along any meridian. Since the Earth is not a perfect sphere, the length of a nautical mile varies slightly depending on the latitude. However, for practical purposes, the US nautical mile is considered a fixed value.

The US nautical mile is commonly used in marine charts, navigation systems, and aviation. It provides a convenient and standardized way to measure distances at sea, ensuring accurate calculations for ship and aircraft navigation. Additionally, it is used in the calculation of speed over water, known as knots, where one knot is equal to one nautical mile per hour.