26th parallel south
The 26th parallel south latitude is a circle of latitude that is 26 degrees south of the Earth's equatorial plane. It crosses the Atlantic Ocean, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Australasia, the Pacific Ocean and South America.
Around the world
Starting at the Prime Meridian and heading eastwards, the parallel 26° south passes through:
Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes Atlantic Ocean Namibia South Africa Northern Cape Botswana South Africa North West
Gauteng - passing just north of Johannesburg
Swaziland Mozambique Indian Ocean Maputo Bay - passing just south of Maputo, Mozambique Mozambique Inhaca Island Indian Ocean Australia Western Australia - Dirk Hartog Island Shark Bay Australia Western Australia - Peron Peninsula Shark Bay L'Haridon Bight Australia Western Australia - Peron Peninsula Shark Bay Hamelin Pool Australia Western Australia
Western Australia / Northern Territory border (~127 metres at Surveyor Generals Corner on the 129th meridian east)
Northern Territory / South Australia border
South Australia / Queensland border (from Poeppel Corner on the 138th meridian east)
Queensland (from Haddon Corner on the 141st meridian east)
Coral Sea Pacific Ocean Chile Argentina Paraguay Argentina Brazil Paraná
Additionally, 26° south also defines an approximately 127 metre section of the Western Australia/Northern Territory border at Surveyor Generals Corner due to inaccuracies in the 1920s for fixing positions under constraints of available technology.
- Porter, John, Surveyor-General of South Australia (June 1990). "AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE - Longitude 129 degrees east, and why it is not the longest, straight line in the world". National Perspectives - 32nd Australian Surveyors Congress Technical Papers 31st March - 6th April, 1990. Canberra: The Institution: Eyepiece - Official Organ of The Institution of Surveyors, Australia, W.A. Division. pp. 18–24.