72nd meridian west

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72nd meridian west

The meridian 72° west of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, North America, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, South America, the Pacific Ocean, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole.

The 72nd meridian west forms a great circle with the 108th meridian east.

From Pole to Pole[edit]

Starting at the North Pole and heading south to the South Pole, the 72nd meridian west passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
90°0′N 72°0′W / 90.000°N 72.000°W / 90.000; -72.000 (Arctic Ocean) Arctic Ocean
83°6′N 72°0′W / 83.100°N 72.000°W / 83.100; -72.000 (Canada)  Canada NunavutEllesmere Island
79°41′N 72°0′W / 79.683°N 72.000°W / 79.683; -72.000 (Nares Strait) Nares Strait
78°33′N 72°0′W / 78.550°N 72.000°W / 78.550; -72.000 (Greenland)  Greenland
77°54′N 72°0′W / 77.900°N 72.000°W / 77.900; -72.000 (Baffin Bay) Baffin Bay
77°26′N 72°0′W / 77.433°N 72.000°W / 77.433; -72.000 (Greenland)  Greenland Northumberland Island
77°18′N 72°0′W / 77.300°N 72.000°W / 77.300; -72.000 (Baffin Bay) Baffin Bay
71°34′N 72°0′W / 71.567°N 72.000°W / 71.567; -72.000 (Canada)  Canada NunavutBaffin Island, Sillem Island and Baffin Island again
63°23′N 72°0′W / 63.383°N 72.000°W / 63.383; -72.000 (Hudson Strait) Hudson Strait
61°52′N 72°0′W / 61.867°N 72.000°W / 61.867; -72.000 (Canada)  Canada NunavutWales Island
61°51′N 72°0′W / 61.850°N 72.000°W / 61.850; -72.000 (Hudson Strait) Hudson Strait
61°41′N 72°0′W / 61.683°N 72.000°W / 61.683; -72.000 (Canada)  Canada Quebec
45°0′N 72°0′W / 45.000°N 72.000°W / 45.000; -72.000 (United States)  United States Vermont
New Hampshire – from 44°19′N 72°0′W / 44.317°N 72.000°W / 44.317; -72.000 (New Hampshire)
Massachusetts – from 42°43′N 72°0′W / 42.717°N 72.000°W / 42.717; -72.000 (Massachusetts)
Connecticut – from 42°1′N 72°0′W / 42.017°N 72.000°W / 42.017; -72.000 (Connecticut)
New York – from 41°17′N 72°0′W / 41.283°N 72.000°W / 41.283; -72.000 (New York), Fishers Island
41°15′N 72°0′W / 41.250°N 72.000°W / 41.250; -72.000 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean Block Island Sound
41°3′N 72°0′W / 41.050°N 72.000°W / 41.050; -72.000 (United States)  United States New YorkLong Island
41°1′N 72°0′W / 41.017°N 72.000°W / 41.017; -72.000 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean
21°58′N 72°0′W / 21.967°N 72.000°W / 21.967; -72.000 (Turks & Caicos Islands)  Turks and Caicos Islands Island of North Caicos
21°54′N 72°0′W / 21.900°N 72.000°W / 21.900; -72.000 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean
19°42′N 72°0′W / 19.700°N 72.000°W / 19.700; -72.000 (Haiti)  Haiti
18°38′N 72°0′W / 18.633°N 72.000°W / 18.633; -72.000 (Dominican Republic)  Dominican Republic For about 1 km
18°37′N 72°0′W / 18.617°N 72.000°W / 18.617; -72.000 (Haiti)  Haiti
18°12′N 72°0′W / 18.200°N 72.000°W / 18.200; -72.000 (Caribbean Sea) Caribbean Sea
12°15′N 72°0′W / 12.250°N 72.000°W / 12.250; -72.000 (Colombia)  Colombia
11°35′N 72°0′W / 11.583°N 72.000°W / 11.583; -72.000 (Venezuela)  Venezuela Passing through Lake Maracaibo
7°1′N 72°0′W / 7.017°N 72.000°W / 7.017; -72.000 (Colombia)  Colombia
2°21′S 72°0′W / 2.350°S 72.000°W / -2.350; -72.000 (Peru)  Peru
4°38′S 72°0′W / 4.633°S 72.000°W / -4.633; -72.000 (Brazil)  Brazil Amazonas
Acre – from 7°46′S 72°0′W / 7.767°S 72.000°W / -7.767; -72.000 (Acre)
10°0′S 72°0′W / 10.000°S 72.000°W / -10.000; -72.000 (Peru)  Peru
17°2′S 72°0′W / 17.033°S 72.000°W / -17.033; -72.000 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean
34°7′S 72°0′W / 34.117°S 72.000°W / -34.117; -72.000 (Chile)  Chile For about 6 km
34°11′S 72°0′W / 34.183°S 72.000°W / -34.183; -72.000 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean
34°22′S 72°0′W / 34.367°S 72.000°W / -34.367; -72.000 (Chile)  Chile
42°9′S 72°0′W / 42.150°S 72.000°W / -42.150; -72.000 (Argentina)  Argentina
43°2′S 72°0′W / 43.033°S 72.000°W / -43.033; -72.000 (Chile)  Chile
44°46′S 72°0′W / 44.767°S 72.000°W / -44.767; -72.000 (Argentina)  Argentina For about 14 km
44°54′S 72°0′W / 44.900°S 72.000°W / -44.900; -72.000 (Chile)  Chile
47°19′S 72°0′W / 47.317°S 72.000°W / -47.317; -72.000 (Argentina)  Argentina
51°49′S 72°0′W / 51.817°S 72.000°W / -51.817; -72.000 (Chile)  Chile For about 12 km
51°56′S 72°0′W / 51.933°S 72.000°W / -51.933; -72.000 (Argentina)  Argentina For about 3 km
51°58′S 72°0′W / 51.967°S 72.000°W / -51.967; -72.000 (Chile)  Chile Mainland, Riesco Island and Brunswick Peninsula (mainland)
53°42′S 72°0′W / 53.700°S 72.000°W / -53.700; -72.000 (Straits of Magellan) Straits of Magellan
53°54′S 72°0′W / 53.900°S 72.000°W / -53.900; -72.000 (Chile)  Chile Clarence Island, Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego and London Island
54°43′S 72°0′W / 54.717°S 72.000°W / -54.717; -72.000 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean
60°0′S 72°0′W / 60.000°S 72.000°W / -60.000; -72.000 (Southern Ocean) Southern Ocean
69°2′S 72°0′W / 69.033°S 72.000°W / -69.033; -72.000 (Antarctica) Antarctica Alexander Island and mainland – claimed by  Argentina (Argentine Antarctica),  Chile (Antártica Chilena Province) and  United Kingdom (British Antarctic Territory)

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