97th meridian west

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97th meridian west

The 97th meridian west of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, North America, the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole.

The 97th meridian west forms a great circle with the 83rd meridian east.

From Pole to Pole[edit]

Starting at the North Pole and heading south to the South Pole, the 97th meridian west passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
90°0′N 97°0′W / 90.000°N 97.000°W / 90.000; -97.000 (Arctic Ocean) Arctic Ocean Passing just west of Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut,  Canada (at 80°5′N 96°46′W / 80.083°N 96.767°W / 80.083; -96.767 (Axel Heiberg Island))
Passing just east of the Fay Islands, Nunavut,  Canada (at 79°38′N 97°7′W / 79.633°N 97.117°W / 79.633; -97.117 (Fay Islands))
78°44′N 97°0′W / 78.733°N 97.000°W / 78.733; -97.000 (Canada)  Canada NunavutAmund Ringnes Island
77°48′N 97°0′W / 77.800°N 97.000°W / 77.800; -97.000 Unnamed waterbody Passing just east of Crescent Island, Nunavut,  Canada (at 77°0′N 97°5′W / 77.000°N 97.083°W / 77.000; -97.083 (Crescent Island))
76°58′N 97°0′W / 76.967°N 97.000°W / 76.967; -97.000 (Canada)  Canada NunavutPioneer Island
76°57′N 97°0′W / 76.950°N 97.000°W / 76.950; -97.000 (Penny Strait) Penny Strait Passing just east of Spit Island, Nunavut,  Canada (at 76°49′N 97°0′W / 76.817°N 97.000°W / 76.817; -97.000 (Spit Island))
Passing just west of Devon Island, Nunavut,  Canada (at 76°44′N 96°58′W / 76.733°N 96.967°W / 76.733; -96.967 (Devon Island))
Passing just east of John Barrow Island, Nunavut,  Canada (at 76°36′N 97°6′W / 76.600°N 97.100°W / 76.600; -97.100 (John Barrow Island))
Passing just east of Hyde Parker Island, Nunavut,  Canada (at 76°29′N 97°5′W / 76.483°N 97.083°W / 76.483; -97.083 (Hyde Parker Island))
76°14′N 97°0′W / 76.233°N 97.000°W / 76.233; -97.000 (Queens Channel) Queens Channel Passing just west of Des Voeux Island, Nunavut,  Canada (at 76°10′N 96°58′W / 76.167°N 96.967°W / 76.167; -96.967 (Des Voeux Island))
Passing just west of Milne Island, Nunavut,  Canada (at 75°36′N 96°58′W / 75.600°N 96.967°W / 75.600; -96.967 (Milne Island))
75°30′N 97°0′W / 75.500°N 97.000°W / 75.500; -97.000 (Canada)  Canada NunavutLittle Cornwallis Island
75°27′N 97°0′W / 75.450°N 97.000°W / 75.450; -97.000 (McDougall Sound) McDougall Sound Passing just east of Truro Island, Nunavut,  Canada (at 75°17′N 97°6′W / 75.283°N 97.100°W / 75.283; -97.100 (Truro Island))
75°0′N 97°0′W / 75.000°N 97.000°W / 75.000; -97.000 (Parry Channel) Parry Channel
73°45′N 97°0′W / 73.750°N 97.000°W / 73.750; -97.000 (Canada)  Canada NunavutPrince of Wales Island
73°37′N 97°0′W / 73.617°N 97.000°W / 73.617; -97.000 (Peel Sound) Peel Sound
73°16′N 97°0′W / 73.267°N 97.000°W / 73.267; -97.000 (Canada)  Canada NunavutVivian Island and Prescott Island
72°56′N 97°0′W / 72.933°N 97.000°W / 72.933; -97.000 (Browne Bay) Browne Bay Passing just west of Pandora Island, Nunavut,  Canada (at 72°47′N 96°58′W / 72.783°N 96.967°W / 72.783; -96.967 (Pandora Island))
72°44′N 97°0′W / 72.733°N 97.000°W / 72.733; -97.000 (Young Bay) Young Bay
72°38′N 97°0′W / 72.633°N 97.000°W / 72.633; -97.000 (Canada)  Canada NunavutPrince of Wales Island and Hobday Island
71°43′N 97°0′W / 71.717°N 97.000°W / 71.717; -97.000 (Franklin Strait) Franklin Strait
71°11′N 97°0′W / 71.183°N 97.000°W / 71.183; -97.000 (Larsen Sound) Larsen Sound
70°7′N 97°0′W / 70.117°N 97.000°W / 70.117; -97.000 (James Ross Strait) James Ross Strait Passing just east of the Clarence Islands, Nunavut,  Canada (at 69°53′N 97°12′W / 69.883°N 97.200°W / 69.883; -97.200 (Clarence Islands))
69°33′N 97°0′W / 69.550°N 97.000°W / 69.550; -97.000 (Canada)  Canada NunavutKing William Island
68°34′N 97°0′W / 68.567°N 97.000°W / 68.567; -97.000 (Simpson Strait) Simpson Strait
68°21′N 97°0′W / 68.350°N 97.000°W / 68.350; -97.000 (Canada)  Canada Nunavut
Manitoba — from 60°0′N 97°0′W / 60.000°N 97.000°W / 60.000; -97.000 (Manitoba), passing through Lake Winnipeg
49°0′N 97°0′W / 49.000°N 97.000°W / 49.000; -97.000 (United States)  United States Minnesota
North Dakota — from 47°50′N 97°0′W / 47.833°N 97.000°W / 47.833; -97.000 (North Dakota)
South Dakota — from 45°56′N 97°0′W / 45.933°N 97.000°W / 45.933; -97.000 (South Dakota)
Nebraska — from 42°46′N 97°0′W / 42.767°N 97.000°W / 42.767; -97.000 (Nebraska)
Kansas — from 40°0′N 97°0′W / 40.000°N 97.000°W / 40.000; -97.000 (Kansas)
Oklahoma — from 37°0′N 97°0′W / 37.000°N 97.000°W / 37.000; -97.000 (Oklahoma)
Texas — from 33°57′N 97°0′W / 33.950°N 97.000°W / 33.950; -97.000 (Texas), bisecting the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, then passing directly through the city of Victoria and San José Island
27°54′N 97°0′W / 27.900°N 97.000°W / 27.900; -97.000 (Gulf of Mexico) Gulf of Mexico
20°30′N 97°0′W / 20.500°N 97.000°W / 20.500; -97.000 (Mexico)  Mexico Veracruz
Puebla — for about 6 km from 19°18′N 97°0′W / 19.300°N 97.000°W / 19.300; -97.000 (Puebla)
Veracruz — from 19°14′N 97°0′W / 19.233°N 97.000°W / 19.233; -97.000 (Veracruz)
Puebla — from 18°30′N 97°0′W / 18.500°N 97.000°W / 18.500; -97.000 (Puebla)
Oaxaca — from 18°11′N 97°0′W / 18.183°N 97.000°W / 18.183; -97.000 (Oaxaca)
15°47′N 97°0′W / 15.783°N 97.000°W / 15.783; -97.000 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean
60°0′S 97°0′W / 60.000°S 97.000°W / -60.000; -97.000 (Southern Ocean) Southern Ocean
71°45′S 97°0′W / 71.750°S 97.000°W / -71.750; -97.000 (Antarctica) Antarctica Unclaimed territory

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