169th meridian west

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169th meridian west
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The meridian 169° west of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole, crossing a smaller amount of land than any other line of longitude, and is thus generally used as the cut-off point on a lot of map projections.

The 169th meridian west forms a great circle with the 11th meridian east.

From Pole to Pole[edit]

Starting at the North Pole and heading south to the South Pole, the 169th meridian west passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
90°0′N 169°0′W / 90.000°N 169.000°W / 90.000; -169.000 (Arctic Ocean) Arctic Ocean
71°50′N 169°0′W / 71.833°N 169.000°W / 71.833; -169.000 (Chukchi Sea) Chukchi Sea
66°33′N 169°0′W / 66.550°N 169.000°W / 66.550; -169.000 (Bering Sea) Bering Sea
65°49′N 169°0′W / 65.817°N 169.000°W / 65.817; -169.000 (Russia)  Russia Chukotka Autonomous Okrug — island of Big Diomede
65°48′N 169°0′W / 65.800°N 169.000°W / 65.800; -169.000 (Bering Sea) Bering Sea Passing just west of Little Diomede Island, Alaska,  United States (at 65°45′N 168°56′W / 65.750°N 168.933°W / 65.750; -168.933 (Little Diomede))
63°20′N 169°0′W / 63.333°N 169.000°W / 63.333; -169.000 (United States)  United States AlaskaSt. Lawrence Island
63°10′N 169°0′W / 63.167°N 169.000°W / 63.167; -169.000 (Bering Sea) Bering Sea
52°52′N 169°0′W / 52.867°N 169.000°W / 52.867; -169.000 (United States)  United States AlaskaUmnak Island
52°51′N 169°0′W / 52.850°N 169.000°W / 52.850; -169.000 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean
60°0′S 169°0′W / 60.000°S 169.000°W / -60.000; -169.000 (Southern Ocean) Southern Ocean
78°28′S 169°0′W / 78.467°S 169.000°W / -78.467; -169.000 (Antarctica) Antarctica Ross Dependency, claimed by  New Zealand

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