8th parallel north

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8th parallel north

The 8th parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 8 degrees north of the Earth's equatorial plane. It crosses Africa, the Indian Ocean, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Ocean, Central America, South America and the Atlantic Ocean.

The parallel defines part of the border between Somalia and Ethiopia. The Eight Degree Channel (Maliku Kandu) in the Indian Ocean is named after the parallel.

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Starting at the Prime Meridian and heading eastwards, the parallel 8° north passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
8°0′N 0°0′E / 8.000°N 0.000°E / 8.000; 0.000 (Prime Meridian)  Ghana Passing through Lake Volta
8°0′N 0°36′E / 8.000°N 0.600°E / 8.000; 0.600 (Togo)  Togo
8°0′N 1°38′E / 8.000°N 1.633°E / 8.000; 1.633 (Benin)  Benin
8°0′N 2°42′E / 8.000°N 2.700°E / 8.000; 2.700 (Nigeria)  Nigeria
8°0′N 12°13′E / 8.000°N 12.217°E / 8.000; 12.217 (Cameroon)  Cameroon
8°0′N 15°25′E / 8.000°N 15.417°E / 8.000; 15.417 (Chad)  Chad
8°0′N 18°1′E / 8.000°N 18.017°E / 8.000; 18.017 (Central African Republic)  Central African Republic
8°0′N 24°58′E / 8.000°N 24.967°E / 8.000; 24.967 (South Sudan)  South Sudan
8°0′N 33°2′E / 8.000°N 33.033°E / 8.000; 33.033 (Ethiopia)  Ethiopia
8°0′N 46°59′E / 8.000°N 46.983°E / 8.000; 46.983 (Somalia / Ethiopia border)  Somalia /  Ethiopia border
8°0′N 47°59′E / 8.000°N 47.983°E / 8.000; 47.983 (Somalia)  Somalia
8°0′N 49°53′E / 8.000°N 49.883°E / 8.000; 49.883 (Indian Ocean) Indian Ocean Passing through the Arabian Sea
Into the Eight Degree Channel - passing just south of Minicoy Island,  India
And into the Laccadive Sea - passing just south of Cape Comorin,  India
8°0′N 79°43′E / 8.000°N 79.717°E / 8.000; 79.717 (Sri Lanka)  Sri Lanka
8°0′N 81°30′E / 8.000°N 81.500°E / 8.000; 81.500 (Indian Ocean) Indian Ocean Bay of Bengal
8°0′N 93°20′E / 8.000°N 93.333°E / 8.000; 93.333 (India)  India Andaman and Nicobar Islands - islands of Katchal, Camorta and Nancowry
8°0′N 93°34′E / 8.000°N 93.567°E / 8.000; 93.567 (Indian Ocean) Indian Ocean Andaman Sea
8°0′N 98°17′E / 8.000°N 98.283°E / 8.000; 98.283 (Thailand)  Thailand Island of Phuket
8°0′N 98°25′E / 8.000°N 98.417°E / 8.000; 98.417 (Phang Nga Bay) Phang Nga Bay
8°0′N 98°35′E / 8.000°N 98.583°E / 8.000; 98.583 (Thailand)  Thailand Island of Ko Yao Yai
8°0′N 98°36′E / 8.000°N 98.600°E / 8.000; 98.600 (Phang Nga Bay) Phang Nga Bay
8°0′N 98°58′E / 8.000°N 98.967°E / 8.000; 98.967 (Thailand)  Thailand
8°0′N 100°19′E / 8.000°N 100.317°E / 8.000; 100.317 (Gulf of Thailand) Gulf of Thailand
8°0′N 104°4′E / 8.000°N 104.067°E / 8.000; 104.067 (South China Sea) South China Sea
8°0′N 116°57′E / 8.000°N 116.950°E / 8.000; 116.950 (Philippines)  Philippines Balabac Island
8°0′N 117°4′E / 8.000°N 117.067°E / 8.000; 117.067 (Sulu Sea) Sulu Sea
8°0′N 122°17′E / 8.000°N 122.283°E / 8.000; 122.283 (Philippines)  Philippines Island of Mindanao
8°0′N 126°24′E / 8.000°N 126.400°E / 8.000; 126.400 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean Passing just south of Kayangel atoll,  Palau
Passing just south of Pikelot island,  Federated States of Micronesia
8°0′N 168°5′E / 8.000°N 168.083°E / 8.000; 168.083 (Marshall Islands)  Marshall Islands Namu Atoll
8°0′N 168°11′E / 8.000°N 168.183°E / 8.000; 168.183 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean Passing just south of Aur Atoll,  Marshall Islands
Passing just south of Burica Point,  Panama
Passing just north of Islas Secas,  Panama
8°0′N 81°40′W / 8.000°N 81.667°W / 8.000; -81.667 (Panama)  Panama
8°0′N 80°24′W / 8.000°N 80.400°W / 8.000; -80.400 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean Gulf of Panama
8°0′N 78°25′W / 8.000°N 78.417°W / 8.000; -78.417 (Panama)  Panama
8°0′N 77°12′W / 8.000°N 77.200°W / 8.000; -77.200 (Colombia)  Colombia Passing through the Gulf of Urabá
8°0′N 72°25′W / 8.000°N 72.417°W / 8.000; -72.417 (Venezuela)  Venezuela
8°0′N 60°8′W / 8.000°N 60.133°W / 8.000; -60.133 (Area disputed between Guyana and Venezuela) Disputed area Controlled by  Guyana, claimed by  Venezuela
8°0′N 59°6′W / 8.000°N 59.100°W / 8.000; -59.100 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean
8°0′N 12°53′W / 8.000°N 12.883°W / 8.000; -12.883 (Sierra Leone)  Sierra Leone
8°0′N 10°36′W / 8.000°N 10.600°W / 8.000; -10.600 (Liberia)  Liberia
8°0′N 9°25′W / 8.000°N 9.417°W / 8.000; -9.417 (Guinea)  Guinea
8°0′N 8°3′W / 8.000°N 8.050°W / 8.000; -8.050 (Côte d'Ivoire)  Ivory Coast
8°0′N 2°41′W / 8.000°N 2.683°W / 8.000; -2.683 (Ghana)  Ghana Passing through Lake Volta

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