3rd meridian west

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3rd meridian west

The meridian 3° west of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, Europe, Africa, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole.

The 3rd meridian west forms a great circle with the 177th meridian east.

From Pole to Pole[edit]

Starting at the North Pole and heading south to the South Pole, the 3rd meridian west passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
90°0′N 3°0′W / 90.000°N 3.000°W / 90.000; -3.000 (Arctic Ocean) Arctic Ocean
81°49′N 3°0′W / 81.817°N 3.000°W / 81.817; -3.000 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean
59°20′N 3°0′W / 59.333°N 3.000°W / 59.333; -3.000 (United Kingdom)  United Kingdom Scotland — island of Westray
59°16′N 3°0′W / 59.267°N 3.000°W / 59.267; -3.000 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean Westray Firth
59°11′N 3°0′W / 59.183°N 3.000°W / 59.183; -3.000 (United Kingdom)  United Kingdom Scotland — islands of Rousay and Wyre
59°7′N 3°0′W / 59.117°N 3.000°W / 59.117; -3.000 (North Sea) North Sea Wide Firth
59°11′N 3°0′W / 59.183°N 3.000°W / 59.183; -3.000 (United Kingdom)  United Kingdom Scotland — island of Mainland (Orkney)
58°57′N 3°0′W / 58.950°N 3.000°W / 58.950; -3.000 (Scapa Flow) Scapa Flow
58°49′N 3°0′W / 58.817°N 3.000°W / 58.817; -3.000 (United Kingdom)  United Kingdom Scotland — island of South Ronaldsay
58°48′N 3°0′W / 58.800°N 3.000°W / 58.800; -3.000 (North Sea) North Sea
57°40′N 3°0′W / 57.667°N 3.000°W / 57.667; -3.000 (United Kingdom)  United Kingdom Scotland — passing through Dundee (at 56°28′N 3°0′W / 56.467°N 3.000°W / 56.467; -3.000 (Dundee))
56°12′N 3°0′W / 56.200°N 3.000°W / 56.200; -3.000 (Firth of Forth) Firth of Forth
55°57′N 3°0′W / 55.950°N 3.000°W / 55.950; -3.000 (United Kingdom)  United Kingdom Scotland — passing just east of Edinburgh (at 55°57′N 3°10′W / 55.950°N 3.167°W / 55.950; -3.167 (Edinburgh))
England — from 55°3′N 3°0′W / 55.050°N 3.000°W / 55.050; -3.000 (England)
54°9′N 3°0′W / 54.150°N 3.000°W / 54.150; -3.000 (Irish Sea) Irish Sea Morecambe Bay
53°56′N 3°0′W / 53.933°N 3.000°W / 53.933; -3.000 (United Kingdom)  United Kingdom England — passing through Liverpool (at 53°24′N 3°0′W / 53.400°N 3.000°W / 53.400; -3.000 (Liverpool))
Wales — from 53°14′N 3°0′W / 53.233°N 3.000°W / 53.233; -3.000 (Wales)
England — from 52°57′N 3°0′W / 52.950°N 3.000°W / 52.950; -3.000 (England)
Wales — from 52°44′N 3°0′W / 52.733°N 3.000°W / 52.733; -3.000 (Wales)
England — from 52°43′N 3°0′W / 52.717°N 3.000°W / 52.717; -3.000 (England)
Wales — from 52°21′N 3°0′W / 52.350°N 3.000°W / 52.350; -3.000 (Wales)
England — from 52°19′N 3°0′W / 52.317°N 3.000°W / 52.317; -3.000 (England)
Wales — from 52°16′N 3°0′W / 52.267°N 3.000°W / 52.267; -3.000 (Wales)
England — from 52°15′N 3°0′W / 52.250°N 3.000°W / 52.250; -3.000 (England)
Wales — from 51°55′N 3°0′W / 51.917°N 3.000°W / 51.917; -3.000 (Wales)
51°32′N 3°0′W / 51.533°N 3.000°W / 51.533; -3.000 (Bristol Channel) Bristol Channel
51°20′N 3°0′W / 51.333°N 3.000°W / 51.333; -3.000 (United Kingdom)  United Kingdom England
50°42′N 3°0′W / 50.700°N 3.000°W / 50.700; -3.000 (English Channel) English Channel
48°46′N 3°0′W / 48.767°N 3.000°W / 48.767; -3.000 (France)  France
47°34′N 3°0′W / 47.567°N 3.000°W / 47.567; -3.000 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean Bay of Biscay — passing just east of Belle Île,  France (at 47°18′N 3°3′W / 47.300°N 3.050°W / 47.300; -3.050 (Belle Île))
43°23′N 3°0′W / 43.383°N 3.000°W / 43.383; -3.000 (Spain)  Spain
36°45′N 3°0′W / 36.750°N 3.000°W / 36.750; -3.000 (Mediterranean Sea) Mediterranean Sea Alboran Sea — passing just east of Isla de Alborán,  Spain (at 35°57′N 3°2′W / 35.950°N 3.033°W / 35.950; -3.033 (Isla de Alborán))
35°25′N 3°0′W / 35.417°N 3.000°W / 35.417; -3.000 (Morocco)  Morocco Passing just west of the exclave of Melilla,  Spain (at 35°18′N 2°58′W / 35.300°N 2.967°W / 35.300; -2.967 (Melilla))
31°45′N 3°0′W / 31.750°N 3.000°W / 31.750; -3.000 (Algeria)  Algeria
23°51′N 3°0′W / 23.850°N 3.000°W / 23.850; -3.000 (Mali)  Mali Passing through Timbuktu (at 16°46′N 3°0′W / 16.767°N 3.000°W / 16.767; -3.000 (Timbuktu))
13°40′N 3°0′W / 13.667°N 3.000°W / 13.667; -3.000 (Burkina Faso)  Burkina Faso
9°43′N 3°0′W / 9.717°N 3.000°W / 9.717; -3.000 (Côte d'Ivoire)  Ivory Coast
7°10′N 3°0′W / 7.167°N 3.000°W / 7.167; -3.000 (Ghana)  Ghana
5°42′N 3°0′W / 5.700°N 3.000°W / 5.700; -3.000 (Côte d'Ivoire)  Ivory Coast
5°6′N 3°0′W / 5.100°N 3.000°W / 5.100; -3.000 (Ghana)  Ghana
5°4′N 3°0′W / 5.067°N 3.000°W / 5.067; -3.000 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean
60°0′S 3°0′W / 60.000°S 3.000°W / -60.000; -3.000 (Southern Ocean) Southern Ocean
70°18′S 3°0′W / 70.300°S 3.000°W / -70.300; -3.000 (Antarctica) Antarctica Queen Maud Landclaimed by  Norway

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