33rd parallel north

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In the United States, the 33rd parallel approximately defines the border between Arkansas and Louisiana.

The 33rd parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 33 degrees north of the Earth's equatorial plane. It is approximate at the midpoint between the equator (0 degrees) and the Arctic Circle (66.6 degrees North Latitude.) It crosses North Africa, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America and the Atlantic Ocean.

In Iraq, the parallel defined the limit of the southern no-fly zone from 4 September 1996 to 30 August 2003. (Before this time, it had been set at the 32nd parallel north) as part of Operation Southern Watch.[1]

In the United States, it approximately forms the border between Arkansas in the north and Louisiana on the south. (The border is actually a couple of kilometres north of the parallel.) The Louisiana Territory was that part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase which lay north of the 33rd parallel.

The parallel is part of the horse latitudes.

At this latitude the sun is visible for 14 hours, 20 minutes during the summer solstice and 9 hours, 58 minutes during the winter solstice.[2]

Around the world[edit]

Starting at the prime meridian and heading eastwards, the parallel 33° north passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
33°0′N 0°0′E / 33.000°N 0.000°E / 33.000; 0.000 (Prime Meridian)  Algeria
33°0′N 8°11′E / 33.000°N 8.183°E / 33.000; 8.183 (Tunisia)  Tunisia
33°0′N 11°31′E / 33.000°N 11.517°E / 33.000; 11.517 (Libya)  Libya
33°0′N 12°0′E / 33.000°N 12.000°E / 33.000; 12.000 (Mediterranean Sea) Mediterranean Sea Passing just north of Tripoli,  Libya
33°0′N 35°5′E / 33.000°N 35.083°E / 33.000; 35.083 (Israel)  Israel Passing through Nahariya and Amuka
33°0′N 35°38′E / 33.000°N 35.633°E / 33.000; 35.633 (Golan Heights) Golan Heights Territory controlled by  Israel, claimed by  Syria – passing through the northern edge of Katzrin
33°0′N 35°52′E / 33.000°N 35.867°E / 33.000; 35.867 (United Nations) UNDOF buffer zone About 500 m (1,640 ft)
33°0′N 35°53′E / 33.000°N 35.883°E / 33.000; 35.883 (Syria)  Syria
33°0′N 38°5′E / 33.000°N 38.083°E / 33.000; 38.083 (Jordan)  Jordan
33°0′N 39°3′E / 33.000°N 39.050°E / 33.000; 39.050 (Iraq)  Iraq Passing just south of Baghdad
33°0′N 46°6′E / 33.000°N 46.100°E / 33.000; 46.100 (Iran)  Iran
33°0′N 60°38′E / 33.000°N 60.633°E / 33.000; 60.633 (Afghanistan)  Afghanistan
33°0′N 69°30′E / 33.000°N 69.500°E / 33.000; 69.500 (Pakistan)  Pakistan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Azad Kashmir – claimed by  India

33°0′N 74°21′E / 33.000°N 74.350°E / 33.000; 74.350 (India)  India Jammu and Kashmir – claimed by  Pakistan
Ladakh – claimed by  Pakistan
Himachal Pradesh
33°0′N 79°14′E / 33.000°N 79.233°E / 33.000; 79.233 (Aksai Chin) Aksai Chin Disputed between  India and  People's Republic of China
33°0′N 79°21′E / 33.000°N 79.350°E / 33.000; 79.350 (China)  People's Republic of China Tibet
Anhui (for about 12 km (7.5 mi))
33°0′N 126°16′E / 33.000°N 126.267°E / 33.000; 126.267 (South Korea Sea) Korea South Sea Passing just south of the island of Marado,  South Korea
33°0′N 129°2′E / 33.000°N 129.033°E / 33.000; 129.033 (Japan)  Japan Island of Nakadōri:
Nagasaki Prefecture
Island of Kyūshū:
— Nagasaki Prefecture
Saga Prefecture
Kumamoto Prefecture
Ōita Prefecture
Island of Shikoku:
Ehime Prefecture
Kōchi Prefecture
33°0′N 133°1′E / 33.000°N 133.017°E / 33.000; 133.017 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean
33°0′N 118°35′W / 33.000°N 118.583°W / 33.000; -118.583 (United States)  United States California – Northern tip of San Clemente Island
33°0′N 118°33′W / 33.000°N 118.550°W / 33.000; -118.550 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean
33°0′N 117°17′W / 33.000°N 117.283°W / 33.000; -117.283 (United States)  United States California – passing through Solana Beach and just north of Brawley
Arizona – passing through Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
New Mexico
Texas – passing through the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex
Louisiana – passing just south of the border with Arkansas
Georgia – passing through LaGrange, and Louisville
South Carolina – passing through Goose Creek
33°0′N 79°28′W / 33.000°N 79.467°W / 33.000; -79.467 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean
33°0′N 16°23′W / 33.000°N 16.383°W / 33.000; -16.383 (Portugal)  Portugal Cal Islet, just south of Porto Santo Island, Madeira
33°0′N 16°22′W / 33.000°N 16.367°W / 33.000; -16.367 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean
33°0′N 8°45′W / 33.000°N 8.750°W / 33.000; -8.750 (Morocco)  Morocco Passing through Settat
33°0′N 1°28′W / 33.000°N 1.467°W / 33.000; -1.467 (Algeria)  Algeria

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Containment: The Iraqi no-fly zones". BBC News. 29 December 1998. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Duration of Daylight/Darkness Table for One Year". U.S. Naval Observatory. 2019-09-24. Archived from the original on 2019-10-12. Retrieved 2021-03-10.