Please take a look at this sentence: It lies to the northwest of Continental Europe. (source: http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Great_Britain
I used to think that we would only put prepositions like "in" or "on" with the verb "lie" (For example: "India lies on the Indian Plate.", "The antipodes of the Chatham Islands lie in France."), so when I came across this sentence I checked my dictionaries at hand, but I couldn't find any information about this particular usage.
Is it really correct to write or say that something "lies to something"? (I do not have in mind the kind of sentence constructions like "you lie to me".)and, if it is correct, what exactly is the difference between "lie to", "lie in" and "lie on"?