56th parallel south

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56th parallel south
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The 56th parallel south is a circle of latitude that is 56 degrees south of the Earth's equatorial plane. No land lies on the parallel — it crosses nothing but ocean.

At this latitude the sun is visible for 17 hours, 37 minutes during the December solstice and 6 hours, 57 minutes during the June solstice.[1]

Around the world[edit]

Starting at the Prime Meridian and heading eastwards, the parallel 56° south passes through:

Co-ordinates Ocean Notes
56°0′S 0°0′E / 56.000°S 0.000°E / -56.000; 0.000 (Prime Meridian) Atlantic Ocean
56°0′S 20°0′E / 56.000°S 20.000°E / -56.000; 20.000 (Indian Ocean) Indian Ocean
56°0′S 147°0′E / 56.000°S 147.000°E / -56.000; 147.000 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean Passing just south of Hornos Island (Cape Horn),  Chile
Passing through the Drake Passage between South America and the Antarctic Peninsula
56°0′S 67°16′W / 56.000°S 67.267°W / -56.000; -67.267 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean Running through the Scotia Sea.

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