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## Is ellipsoid and geoid same?

This difference is known as the “geoid height.” The differences between the ellipsoid and geoid can be significant, as the ellipsoid is merely a baseline for measuring topographic elevation. It assumes that the Earth’s surface is smooth, where the geoid does not.

**What is the difference between ellipsoidal and orthometric height?**

The orthometric (geoid) height of a point of the Earth Surface is the distance Ho from the point to the geoid. The ellipsoidal height of a point of the Earth Surface is the distance He from the point to the ellipsoid.

**What is the ellipsoid model of the Earth?**

An Earth ellipsoid or Earth spheroid is a mathematical figure approximating the Earth’s form, used as a reference frame for computations in geodesy, astronomy, and the geosciences. Various different ellipsoids have been used as approximations.

### What shape is a ellipsoid?

ellipsoid, closed surface of which all plane cross sections are either ellipses or circles. An ellipsoid is symmetrical about three mutually perpendicular axes that intersect at the centre. If a, b, and c are the principal semiaxes, the general equation of such an ellipsoid is x2/a2 + y2/b2 + z2/c2 = 1.

**What is ellipsoidal elevation?**

The elevation above the ellipsoid (ellipsoidal height) is the elevation above a mathematical model that approximates the shape of the earth. The current most common one is WGS84. These are the elevations that you’d get from a GPS.

**What is the relationship between an ellipsoid and a datum?**

A datum is based on a network of precisely surveyed control points (benchmarks). The spatial position of control points is measured relative to a particular ellipsoid. The datum defines irregularities in the simple ellipsoid through a complex mathematical representation of the exact shape of the earth.

## How do you describe an ellipsoid?

**How do you define an ellipsoid?**

Definition of ‘ellipsoid’ 1. a solid formed by rotating an ellipse around either axis: its plane sections are all ellipses or circles. 2. the surface of such a solid. adjective.