Global Positioning Systems

Written by Jen Nichol
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Global positioning systems did not come into the consumer market slowly and meekly. This technology swept in on a tide of excitement and adventure, and has completely changed the way we approach outdoor adventure. Now, instead of sticking to the plan, the map, and the well-worn path, we can get up, get out, and get moving.

Global positioning systems work of a set of 28 satellites that are at a height of 12,000 feet above the surface of the earth. These satellites allow anyone with a GPS unit to triangulate their position, as well as get direction, altitude, time, and a host of other data. Now, adventure excursions are as common as cruises used to be, and the wilds can be explored with more confidence than ever before.

Outdoor Enthusiasts Love Global Positioning Systems

People who especially love global positioning systems are hikers, nature photographers, and fishermen (and fisher women!). All of these outdoor enthusiasts relish the ability to let themselves be guided by their intuition, by an enticing view or a new horizon. Instead of having to rely solely on compass and maps to feel comfortable straying from the beaten path, people who have a GPS unit can explore that hill, that cove, and not have to worry about losing direction.

GPS technology has really impacted marine navigation. These units provide more effective navigation in foggy conditions, and make it much easier to return to dive sites and other points of interest. Shipwreck divers and treasure hunters find that this technology has allowed them to return to a site with remarkable accuracy, saving time and expenses on the project.

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