# Wolfram Language & System 10.4 (2016)|Legacy Documentation

This is documentation for an earlier version of the Wolfram Language.
BUILT-IN WOLFRAM LANGUAGE SYMBOL

# GeoDistance

GeoDistance[{lat1,lon1},{lat2,lon2}]
gives the geodesic distance between latitude-longitude positions on the Earth.

GeoDistance[loc1,loc2]
gives the distance between locations specified by position objects or geographical entities.

GeoDistance[{loc1,,locn}]
gives the total distance from to through all the intermediate .

## Details and OptionsDetails and Options

• GeoDistance[loc1,loc2] gives the distance between locations and as measured along the geodesic joining them on the surface of the reference ellipsoid. Heights are ignored.
• The result is returned as a Quantity object with dimensions of length. The unit used can be chosen with the option UnitSystem, which has \$UnitSystem as default value.
• Latitudes and longitudes can be given as numbers in degrees, as DMS strings, or as Quantity angles.
• Position objects in GeoDistance[loc1,loc2] can be given as GeoPosition, GeoPositionXYZ, GeoPositionENU, or GeoGridPosition objects.
• In GeoDistance[loc1,loc2], the can be Entity objects with domains such as , , and .
• For entities corresponding to extended geographic regions, GeoDistance by default computes the minimum distance between any points in the regions.
• GeoDistance[loc1,loc2] by default uses the reference ellipsoid associated with the datum for .
• GeoDistance and GeoDirection solve the geodetic inverse problem.
• GeoDistance has option DistanceFunction, with the following settings:
•  "Boundary" minimum distance between any points in regions "Center" distance between centers of regions "SignedBoundary" distance to boundary, negative for interior points
• GeoDistance by default uses the setting DistanceFunction->"Boundary".

## ExamplesExamplesopen allclose all

### Basic Examples  (4)Basic Examples  (4)

Distance between two positions on the reference ellipsoid:

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Distance between two cities:

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Distance between two fully specified geodetic positions:

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Total distance between several locations:

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