59th parallel south

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Line across the Earth
59th parallel south
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The 59th parallel south is a circle of latitude that is 59 degrees south of the Earth's equatorial plane. The only landmass on this parallel is Bristol Island.[a]

At this latitude the sun is visible for 18 hours, 30 minutes during the December solstice and 6 hours, 10 minutes during the June solstice.[1]

Around the world[edit]

Starting at the Prime Meridian and heading eastwards, the parallel 59° south passes through:

Co-ordinates Territory or ocean Notes
59°0′S 0°0′E / 59.000°S 0.000°E / -59.000; 0.000 (Prime Meridian) Atlantic Ocean
59°0′S 20°0′E / 59.000°S 20.000°E / -59.000; 20.000 (Indian Ocean) Indian Ocean
59°0′S 147°0′E / 59.000°S 147.000°E / -59.000; 147.000 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean Passing through the Drake Passage between South America and the Antarctic Peninsula
59°0′S 67°16′W / 59.000°S 67.267°W / -59.000; -67.267 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean Running through the Scotia Sea
59°0′S 26°37′W / 59.000°S 26.617°W / -59.000; -26.617 (Bristol Island)  South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Bristol Island (claimed by  Argentina)
59°0′S 26°35′W / 59.000°S 26.583°W / -59.000; -26.583 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The parallel appears to cut through the boundary of the island as shown on Google Earth.