12th parallel south

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12th parallel south

The 12th parallel south is a circle of latitude that is 12 degrees south of the Earth's equatorial plane. It crosses the Atlantic Ocean, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Australasia, the Pacific Ocean and South America.

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Starting at the Prime Meridian and heading eastwards, the parallel 12° south passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
12°0′S 0°0′E / 12.000°S 0.000°E / -12.000; 0.000 (Prime Meridian) Atlantic Ocean
12°0′S 13°43′E / 12.000°S 13.717°E / -12.000; 13.717 (Angola)  Angola
12°0′S 23°59′E / 12.000°S 23.983°E / -12.000; 23.983 (Zambia)  Zambia
12°0′S 26°42′E / 12.000°S 26.700°E / -12.000; 26.700 (Democratic Republic of the Congo)  Democratic Republic of the Congo For about 3 km
12°0′S 26°43′E / 12.000°S 26.717°E / -12.000; 26.717 (Zambia)  Zambia
12°0′S 27°28′E / 12.000°S 27.467°E / -12.000; 27.467 (Democratic Republic of the Congo)  Democratic Republic of the Congo
12°0′S 28°45′E / 12.000°S 28.750°E / -12.000; 28.750 (Zambia)  Zambia
12°0′S 33°18′E / 12.000°S 33.300°E / -12.000; 33.300 (Malawi)  Malawi
12°0′S 34°4′E / 12.000°S 34.067°E / -12.000; 34.067 (Lake Malawi) Lake Malawi Passing just north of Chizumulu Island and Likoma Island,  Malawi
12°0′S 34°53′E / 12.000°S 34.883°E / -12.000; 34.883 (Mozambique)  Mozambique
12°0′S 40°32′E / 12.000°S 40.533°E / -12.000; 40.533 (Indian Ocean) Indian Ocean Mozambique Channel
- Passing just south of Grande Comore island,  Comoros
- Passing just north of Anjouan island,  Comoros
12°0′S 49°12′E / 12.000°S 49.200°E / -12.000; 49.200 (Madagascar)  Madagascar
12°0′S 49°18′E / 12.000°S 49.300°E / -12.000; 49.300 (Indian Ocean) Indian Ocean Passing between North Keeling Island and Horsburgh Island,  Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Passing just north of the Ashmore and Cartier Islands and Hibernia Reef,  Australia
12°0′S 124°22′E / 12.000°S 124.367°E / -12.000; 124.367 (Timor Sea) Timor Sea Passing south of Bathurst Island,  Australia
Passing through the Clarence Strait
- between Melville Island and the mainland,  Australia
Passing through Van Diemen Gulf
12°0′S 132°37′E / 12.000°S 132.617°E / -12.000; 132.617 (Australia)  Australia Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
12°0′S 134°17′E / 12.000°S 134.283°E / -12.000; 134.283 (Arafura Sea) Arafura Sea Bocaut Bay
12°0′S 134°40′E / 12.000°S 134.667°E / -12.000; 134.667 (Australia)  Australia Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
12°0′S 134°45′E / 12.000°S 134.750°E / -12.000; 134.750 (Arafura Sea) Arafura Sea Castlereagh Bay - passing just south of Mooroongga Island,  Australia
12°0′S 135°34′E / 12.000°S 135.567°E / -12.000; 135.567 (Australia)  Australia Elcho Island and Arnhem Land (mainland), Northern Territory
12°0′S 135°49′E / 12.000°S 135.817°E / -12.000; 135.817 (Arafura Sea) Arafura Sea
12°0′S 136°16′E / 12.000°S 136.267°E / -12.000; 136.267 (Australia)  Australia Inglis Island and Arnhem Land (mainland), Northern Territory
12°0′S 136°31′E / 12.000°S 136.517°E / -12.000; 136.517 (Gulf of Carpenteria) Gulf of Carpentaria
12°0′S 141°50′E / 12.000°S 141.833°E / -12.000; 141.833 (Australia)  Australia Cape York Peninsula, Queensland
12°0′S 143°11′E / 12.000°S 143.183°E / -12.000; 143.183 (Coral Sea) Coral Sea Passing just south of Vanatinai island,  Papua New Guinea
Passing just south of Rennell Island,  Solomon Islands
Passing just south of Vanikoro island,  Solomon Islands
12°0′S 167°37′E / 12.000°S 167.617°E / -12.000; 167.617 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean Passing just north of Tikopia island,  Solomon Islands
12°0′S 77°8′W / 12.000°S 77.133°W / -12.000; -77.133 (Peru)  Peru Passing just north of Lima
12°0′S 68°55′W / 12.000°S 68.917°W / -12.000; -68.917 (Bolivia)  Bolivia
12°0′S 65°0′W / 12.000°S 65.000°W / -12.000; -65.000 (Brazil)  Brazil Rondônia
Mato Grosso
Tocantins
Bahia
12°0′S 37°37′W / 12.000°S 37.617°W / -12.000; -37.617 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean

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