Talk:26th parallel south

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Longest straight border in the world?[edit]

Hello Bazonka, Thanks for your enthusiastic past edits to this page and for pointing out not to use wiki as reference, which I do appreciate, as had not realised that out until then. I have only regularly been editing wiki since early this month, so oops! will have a few to fix. I have since referenced all statements correctly and removed the reference notice.

Fair enough, that you felt you needed to move the border material, however the article is about the 26th parallel south and I did not neccesarily, look at this as Australia as being more important as you stated,

"(Reorder (the whole world is more important than Australia)"

... however I did feel that it was something quite unique and interesting about 26th parallel south, and on topic.

I just wonder if all other parallels and meridians are structured with a similar table at the top and policed? Will have to get around to taking a look at some others to see if any other country is more important than the world - not enough time in the day.

As it stands I hope people will not miss it but with the TOC at least it shows up there, so no worries? KHS-Boab 17:26, 28 January 2012 (UTC)

No one country is more important than the whole world. The only article that I know of where text about a particular country (other than a brief introductory sentence) comes before the global view is 38th parallel north, and I intend to amend this. Bazonka (talk) 10:14, 29 January 2012 (UTC)


Regarding the dispute comments you wrote...

"The US/Canada border west of Lake of the Woods is probably longer"[disputed ]

Is the US/Canada border the longest straight border in the world?

The title I put does have a question mark to pose the question. --Longest straight border in the world?-- The Western Australian border is defined by the 129th meridian east and if taken literally, it is the longest straight border in the world, however at the point at which 129° east meets 26° south, the border takes a turn at what has become known as Surveyor Generals Corner.[1]

It is just mean't to be an interesting (now) referenced snippet. So is that a straight down the line border? Hopefully you will see fit to remove the dispute tag.

Cheers and thanks again KHS-Boab 17:26, 28 January 2012 (UTC)

Actually I've removed most of this section as it's not really relevant to the article. Apart from the bit at Surveyor General's corner, the Western Australia border is defined by (or at least approximates) the 129th meridian east, not the 26th parallel. Any text about whether this is the longest straight line border would be much more appropriate to the 129th meridian's article. I've retained the stuff about the 127m section because that is about this parallel and is valuable information here.
In any case I still dispute the claim that the WA border is the longest straight line. Much of the western US/Canada border is defined by the 49th parallel north - this is approximately 2,000km long, and whilst on some map projections it may appear to be curved, it is absolutely straight. Even ignoring the abberation at Surveyors General Corner, the WA border is only about 1,900km. Bazonka (talk) 10:23, 29 January 2012 (UTC)


  1. ^ Porter, John, Surveyor-General of South Australia (1990). AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE - Longitude 129 degrees east, and why it is not the longest, straight line in the world. National Perspectives - 32nd Australian Surveyors Congress Technical Papers 31st March - 6th April, 1990. Canberra: The Institution: Eyepiece - Official Organ of The Institution of Surveyors, Australia, W.A. Division. pp. 18–24.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |Publish Date= ignored (help);