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There's a simple answer: The earth is a sphere and the parallels are, well, parallel to each other. So obviously the ones closer to the poles are shorter than the ones closest to the Ecuator.

As for the meridians all meet at one point ehich are the poles, so they are all the same length.

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Q: Why aren't all parallels equal in length like meridians are?
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What are the characteristics of a world globe?

1) all meridians are of equal length; each is one-half the length of the equator 2) All meridians converge at the poles and are true north-south lines 3) all lines of latitude (parallels) are parallel to the equator and to each other 4) parallels decrease in length as one nears the poles 5) meridians and parallels intersect at right angles

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Do side parallels have to be equal?

Not in length but equal distance from each other

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