156th meridian west

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156th meridian west

The meridian 156° west of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, North America, the Pacific Ocean, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole.

The 156th meridian west forms a great circle with the 24th meridian east.

From Pole to Pole[edit]

Starting at the North Pole and heading south to the South Pole, the 156th meridian west passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
90°0′N 156°0′W / 90.000°N 156.000°W / 90.000; -156.000 (Arctic Ocean) Arctic Ocean
71°11′N 156°0′W / 71.183°N 156.000°W / 71.183; -156.000 (United States)  United States Alaska
57°33′N 156°0′W / 57.550°N 156.000°W / 57.550; -156.000 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean Passing just west of Chirikof Island, Alaska,  United States (at 55°54′N 155°33′W / 55.900°N 155.550°W / 55.900; -155.550 (Chirikof Island))
20°48′N 156°0′W / 20.800°N 156.000°W / 20.800; -156.000 (United States)  United States HawaiiMaui island
20°42′N 156°0′W / 20.700°N 156.000°W / 20.700; -156.000 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean ʻAlenuihāhā Channel
19°49′N 156°0′W / 19.817°N 156.000°W / 19.817; -156.000 (United States)  United States HawaiiHawaii island
19°38′N 156°0′W / 19.633°N 156.000°W / 19.633; -156.000 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean Passing just west of Starbuck Island,  Kiribati (at 5°37′S 155°56′W / 5.617°S 155.933°W / -5.617; -155.933 (Starbuck Island))
The meridian defines the western maritime boundary of the  Cook Islands from 8°0′S 156°0′W / 8.000°S 156.000°W / -8.000; -156.000 to 23°0′S 156°0′W / 23.000°S 156.000°W / -23.000; -156.000
60°0′S 156°0′W / 60.000°S 156.000°W / -60.000; -156.000 (Southern Ocean) Southern Ocean
77°7′S 156°0′W / 77.117°S 156.000°W / -77.117; -156.000 (Antarctica) Antarctica Ross Dependency, claimed by  New Zealand

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