46th meridian west

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46th meridian west

The meridian 46° west of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, Greenland, the Atlantic Ocean, South America, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole.

The 46th meridian west forms a great circle with the 134th meridian east.

The Treaty of Tordesillas used the 46th meridian west to divide the colonial territories of Spanish and Portuguese empires. [1][dubious ]

From Pole to Pole[edit]

Starting at the North Pole and heading south to the South Pole, the 46th meridian west passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
90°0′N 46°0′W / 90.000°N 46.000°W / 90.000; -46.000 (Arctic Ocean) Arctic Ocean
83°41′N 46°0′W / 83.683°N 46.000°W / 83.683; -46.000 (Lincoln Sea) Lincoln Sea
83°6′N 46°0′W / 83.100°N 46.000°W / 83.100; -46.000 (Greenland)  Greenland Sverdrup Island
82°51′N 46°0′W / 82.850°N 46.000°W / 82.850; -46.000 (Lincoln Sea) Lincoln Sea
82°38′N 46°0′W / 82.633°N 46.000°W / 82.633; -46.000 (Greenland)  Greenland Island of Nares Land
82°15′N 46°0′W / 82.250°N 46.000°W / 82.250; -46.000 (Victoria Fjord) Victoria Fjord
81°59′N 46°0′W / 81.983°N 46.000°W / 81.983; -46.000 (Greenland)  Greenland
60°33′N 46°0′W / 60.550°N 46.000°W / 60.550; -46.000 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean
1°7′S 46°0′W / 1.117°S 46.000°W / -1.117; -46.000 (Brazil)  Brazil Maranhão
Tocantins — from 10°18′S 46°0′W / 10.300°S 46.000°W / -10.300; -46.000 (Tocantins)
Bahia — from 10°32′S 46°0′W / 10.533°S 46.000°W / -10.533; -46.000 (Bahia)
Goiás — from 14°18′S 46°0′W / 14.300°S 46.000°W / -14.300; -46.000 (Goiás)
Bahia — for about 16 km from 14°48′S 46°0′W / 14.800°S 46.000°W / -14.800; -46.000 (Bahia)
Minas Gerais — for about 9 km from 14°57′S 46°0′W / 14.950°S 46.000°W / -14.950; -46.000 (Minas Gerais)
Bahia — for about 9 km from 15°2′S 46°0′W / 15.033°S 46.000°W / -15.033; -46.000 (Bahia)
Minas Gerais — from 15°12′S 46°0′W / 15.200°S 46.000°W / -15.200; -46.000 (Minas Gerais)
São Paulo — from 22°52′S 46°0′W / 22.867°S 46.000°W / -22.867; -46.000 (São Paulo)
23°48′S 46°0′W / 23.800°S 46.000°W / -23.800; -46.000 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean
60°0′S 46°0′W / 60.000°S 46.000°W / -60.000; -46.000 (Southern Ocean) Southern Ocean
60°34′S 46°0′W / 60.567°S 46.000°W / -60.567; -46.000 (South Orkney Islands) South Orkney Islands Coronation Islandclaimed by both  Argentina (Tierra del Fuego Province) and  United Kingdom (British Antarctic Territory)
60°38′S 46°0′W / 60.633°S 46.000°W / -60.633; -46.000 (Southern Ocean) Southern Ocean
77°56′S 46°0′W / 77.933°S 46.000°W / -77.933; -46.000 (Antarctica) Antarctica Claimed by both  Argentina (Argentine Antarctica) and  United Kingdom (British Antarctic Territory)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Harrisse, Henry (1897). The Diplomatic History of America: Its first chapter 1452—1493—1494. London. p. 194.