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Islands in the Southern Hemisphere !! Not the Northern Hemisphere.[edit]

The table with this article listed part of French Polynesia as being in the Northern Hemisphere, on the latitude of Canada. This is incredible because all of French Polynesia is in the Southern Hemisphere, well-south of the Equator, in the South Pacific.
In fact, most of Polynesia, excluding Hawaii, lies in the South Pacific — south of the Equator. Also, the latitude of French Polynesia was grossly misstated, since we know that the latitude of Eiao is 8.0 degrees south, in equatorial waters. The given latitudes put the islands (atolls) much too far north or south to support coral at all.
98.67.96.230 (talk) 22:46, 3 October 2012 (UTC)

There was no error. You obviously misunderstand what the coordinates in these articles denote. They show the locations at which the meridian (when travelling from north to south) enters a new country, island, or waterbody. In this case, the meridian enters the Pacific Ocean at 59°46'N. It does not actually pass through Eiao, Napuka, etc. so their co-ordinates are not given in the first column. It does pass through Hao though, so this appears as a separate row in the table with co-ordinates. Your edit implied that Alaska's southern coastline is in the Southern Hemisphere. There is a case for adding co-ordinates of nearby islands in the third column, but that is a big job and could take some time. Bazonka (talk) 06:18, 4 October 2012 (UTC)
You are nuts if you did not know and indicate that Eiao island is located at 8.0 degrees South longitude. If you have some other thoughts, they are very deceptive to the reader. That's crazy - to be deceptive to readers just to fulful your fantasies. This is where your genuine ERROR is, so do not pretend that you did not make one.
If your wished to create a separate line for thousands of miles of open Pacific Ocean, then do so. However, all of French Polynesia is in the South Pacific, and that should be clearly indicated. Many readers do not know this.
I have even seen publications that indicated that the island of Tinian was in the South Pacific. (In The Los Angeles Times.) This is despite the fact that Tinian is located 13.0 degrees north of the Equator! [Tinian is genuinely in the North Pacific, the Western Pacific, or the Central Pacific, but never in the South Pacific.] You MUST be particular in indicating which hemispheres places are in. Otherwise, people will surely read it wrong. 98.67.96.230 (talk) 16:04, 4 October 2012 (UTC)
Please, WP:NPA. Are you really suggesting that the southern coast of Alaska is at 8°S? Because that's what your edit implies. I have added some new co-ordinates to the article to clarify matters. Hopefully this is adequate. (I'll do similar things to the other articles too when I have time.) Also please read this discussion which I have raised regarding leading zeroes: Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Geographical coordinates#Leading zeroes. So far there doesn't seem to be any consensus for introducing them, but it's early days. Regards, Bazonka (talk) 16:44, 4 October 2012 (UTC)