179th meridian west

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179th meridian west

The meridian 179° west of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole.

The 179th meridian west forms a great circle with the 1st meridian east.

From Pole to Pole[edit]

Starting at the North Pole and heading south to the South Pole, the 179th meridian west passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
90°0′N 179°0′W / 90.000°N 179.000°W / 90.000; -179.000 (Arctic Ocean) Arctic Ocean
71°36′N 179°0′W / 71.600°N 179.000°W / 71.600; -179.000 (Russia)  Russia Wrangel Island
70°55′N 179°0′W / 70.917°N 179.000°W / 70.917; -179.000 (Chukchi Sea) Chukchi Sea
68°47′N 179°0′W / 68.783°N 179.000°W / 68.783; -179.000 (Russia)  Russia
66°10′N 179°0′W / 66.167°N 179.000°W / 66.167; -179.000 (Bering Sea) Bering Sea Passing just west of Gareloi Island, Alaska,  United States (at 51°47′N 178°52′W / 51.783°N 178.867°W / 51.783; -178.867 (Gareloi Island))
Passing just east of Unalga Island, Alaska,  United States (at 51°35′N 179°1′W / 51.583°N 179.017°W / 51.583; -179.017 (Unalga Island))
Passing just west of Kavalga Island, Alaska,  United States (at 51°34′N 178°51′W / 51.567°N 178.850°W / 51.567; -178.850 (Kavalga Island))
Passing just west of Ulak Island, Alaska,  United States (at 51°22′N 178°59′W / 51.367°N 178.983°W / 51.367; -178.983 (Ulak Island))
Passing just east of Amatignak Island, Alaska,  United States (at 51°15′N 179°3′W / 51.250°N 179.050°W / 51.250; -179.050 (Unalga Island))
51°17′N 179°0′W / 51.283°N 179.000°W / 51.283; -179.000 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean Passing just east of the island of Qelelevu,  Fiji (at 16°5′S 179°9′W / 16.083°S 179.150°W / -16.083; -179.150 (Qelelevu))
17°10′S 179°0′W / 17.167°S 179.000°W / -17.167; -179.000 (Fiji)  Fiji Island of Vanua Balavu
17°12′S 179°0′W / 17.200°S 179.000°W / -17.200; -179.000 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean Passing just east of the island of Mago,  Fiji (at 17°27′S 179°8′W / 17.450°S 179.133°W / -17.450; -179.133 (Mago))
Passing just west of the island of Tuvuca,  Fiji (at 17°40′S 178°50′W / 17.667°S 178.833°W / -17.667; -178.833 (Tuvuca))
Passing just east of the island of Nayau,  Fiji (at 18°0′S 179°2′W / 18.000°S 179.033°W / -18.000; -179.033 (Nayau))
Passing just west of the island of Lakeba,  Fiji (at 18°12′S 178°50′W / 18.200°S 178.833°W / -18.200; -178.833 (Lakeba))
Passing just west of the island of Vuaqava,  Fiji (at 18°53′S 178°55′W / 18.883°S 178.917°W / -18.883; -178.917 (Vuaqava))
Passing just west of the island of Kabara,  Fiji (at 18°57′S 178°59′W / 18.950°S 178.983°W / -18.950; -178.983 (Kabara))
Passing just west of the island of Ono-i-Lau,  Fiji (at 20°39′S 178°44′W / 20.650°S 178.733°W / -20.650; -178.733 (Kabara))
60°0′S 179°0′W / 60.000°S 179.000°W / -60.000; -179.000 (Southern Ocean) Southern Ocean
78°19′S 179°0′W / 78.317°S 179.000°W / -78.317; -179.000 (Antarctica) Antarctica Ross Dependency, claimed by  New Zealand

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