56th meridian west

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56th meridian west

The meridian 56° west of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, North America, the Atlantic Ocean, South America, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole.

The 56th meridian west forms a great circle with the 124th meridian east.

From Pole to Pole[edit]

Starting at the North Pole and heading south to the South Pole, the 56th meridian west passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
90°0′N 56°0′W / 90.000°N 56.000°W / 90.000; -56.000 (Arctic Ocean) Arctic Ocean
83°34′N 56°0′W / 83.567°N 56.000°W / 83.567; -56.000 (Lincoln Sea) Lincoln Sea
82°15′N 56°0′W / 82.250°N 56.000°W / 82.250; -56.000 (Greenland)  Greenland Passing through the mainland and many islands
72°40′N 56°0′W / 72.667°N 56.000°W / 72.667; -56.000 (Baffin Bay) Baffin Bay
70°0′N 56°0′W / 70.000°N 56.000°W / 70.000; -56.000 (Davis Strait) Davis Strait
60°0′N 56°0′W / 60.000°N 56.000°W / 60.000; -56.000 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean Labrador Sea
53°33′N 56°0′W / 53.550°N 56.000°W / 53.550; -56.000 (Canada)  Canada Newfoundland and LabradorLabrador
51°53′N 56°0′W / 51.883°N 56.000°W / 51.883; -56.000 (Strait of Belle Isle) Strait of Belle Isle
51°35′N 56°0′W / 51.583°N 56.000°W / 51.583; -56.000 (Canada)  Canada Newfoundland and LabradorGreat Northern Peninsula on the island of Newfoundland
50°48′N 56°0′W / 50.800°N 56.000°W / 50.800; -56.000 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean
50°0′N 56°0′W / 50.000°N 56.000°W / 50.000; -56.000 (Canada)  Canada Newfoundland and Labrador — island of Newfoundland
47°30′N 56°0′W / 47.500°N 56.000°W / 47.500; -56.000 (Fortune Bay) Fortune Bay Passing just west of Brunette Island, Newfoundland and Labrador,  Canada (at 47°16′N 55°59′W / 47.267°N 55.983°W / 47.267; -55.983 (Brunette Island))
46°58′N 56°0′W / 46.967°N 56.000°W / 46.967; -56.000 (Canada)  Canada Newfoundland and Labrador — the tip of the Burin Peninsula on the island of Newfoundland
46°57′N 56°0′W / 46.950°N 56.000°W / 46.950; -56.000 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean Passing just east of the island of Saint-Pierre,  Saint Pierre and Miquelon (at 46°46′N 56°10′W / 46.767°N 56.167°W / 46.767; -56.167 (Saint-Pierre))
5°49′N 56°0′W / 5.817°N 56.000°W / 5.817; -56.000 (Suriname)  Suriname
2°24′N 56°0′W / 2.400°N 56.000°W / 2.400; -56.000 (Brazil)  Brazil Pará
2°8′N 56°0′W / 2.133°N 56.000°W / 2.133; -56.000 (Suriname)  Suriname
1°50′N 56°0′W / 1.833°N 56.000°W / 1.833; -56.000 (Brazil)  Brazil Pará
Mato Grosso — from 9°29′S 56°0′W / 9.483°S 56.000°W / -9.483; -56.000 (Mato Grosso)
Mato Grosso do Sul — from 17°14′S 56°0′W / 17.233°S 56.000°W / -17.233; -56.000 (Mato Grosso do Sul)
22°17′S 56°0′W / 22.283°S 56.000°W / -22.283; -56.000 (Paraguay)  Paraguay
27°20′S 56°0′W / 27.333°S 56.000°W / -27.333; -56.000 (Argentina)  Argentina
28°30′S 56°0′W / 28.500°S 56.000°W / -28.500; -56.000 (Brazil)  Brazil Rio Grande do Sul
30°50′S 56°0′W / 30.833°S 56.000°W / -30.833; -56.000 (Uruguay)  Uruguay Passing just east of Montevideo (at 34°53′S 56°9′W / 34.883°S 56.150°W / -34.883; -56.150 (Montevideo))
34°52′S 56°0′W / 34.867°S 56.000°W / -34.867; -56.000 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean
60°0′S 56°0′W / 60.000°S 56.000°W / -60.000; -56.000 (Southern Ocean) Southern Ocean
63°8′S 56°0′W / 63.133°S 56.000°W / -63.133; -56.000 (Antarctica) Antarctica Joinville Island and Dundee Islandclaimed by  Argentina,  Chile and  United Kingdom
63°34′S 56°0′W / 63.567°S 56.000°W / -63.567; -56.000 (Southern Ocean) Southern Ocean Weddell Sea
76°16′S 56°0′W / 76.267°S 56.000°W / -76.267; -56.000 (Antarctica) Antarctica Territory claimed by  Argentina,  Chile and  United Kingdom

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