26th parallel south

The 26th parallel south latitude is a circle of latitude that is 26 degrees south of Earth's equatorial plane. It crosses the Atlantic Ocean, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Australia, the Pacific Ocean and South America.

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26th parallel south

Around the world

Starting at the Prime Meridian and heading eastwards, the parallel 26° south passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or ocean Notes
26°0′S 0°0′E Atlantic Ocean
26°0′S 14°57′E  Namibia
26°0′S 20°0′E  South Africa Northern Cape
26°0′S 20°49′E  Botswana
26°0′S 22°43′E  South Africa North West
Gauteng - passing just north of Johannesburg
Mpumalanga
26°0′S 31°6′E  Eswatini
26°0′S 32°34′E  Mozambique
26°0′S 32°34′E Indian Ocean Maputo Bay - passing just south of Maputo,  Mozambique
26°0′S 32°55′E  Mozambique Inhaca Island
26°0′S 32°59′E Indian Ocean
26°0′S 113°6′E  Australia Western Australia - Dirk Hartog Island
26°0′S 113°11′E Indian Ocean Shark Bay
26°0′S 113°33′E  Australia Western Australia - Peron Peninsula
26°0′S 113°43′E Indian Ocean L'Haridon Bight, Shark Bay
26°0′S 113°52′E  Australia Western Australia - Peron Peninsula
26°0′S 113°54′E Indian Ocean Hamelin Pool, Shark Bay
26°0′S 114°11′E  Australia Western Australia
Western Australia / Northern Territory border (~127 metres at Surveyor Generals Corner on the 129th meridian east)
Northern Territory / South Australia border
South Australia / Queensland border (from Poeppel Corner on the 138th meridian east)
Queensland (from Haddon Corner on the 141st meridian east)
26°0′S 153°9′E Pacific Ocean Coral Sea
26°0′S 163°44′E
26°0′S 70°38′W  Chile
26°0′S 68°26′W  Argentina
26°0′S 57°51′W  Paraguay
26°0′S 54°41′W  Argentina
26°0′S 53°48′W  Brazil Paraná
Santa Catarina
26°0′S 48°36′W Atlantic Ocean

Australia

In Australia, the northernmost border of South Australia, and the southernmost border of the Northern Territory are defined by 26° south.

Additionally, 26° south also defines an approximately 127 metre section of the Western Australia/Northern Territory border at Surveyor Generals Corner due to inaccuracies in the 1920s for fixing positions under constraints of available technology.[1]

The parallel also defines part of the Queensland and South Australia border between the 138th and 141st meridians east.

See also

References

  1. Porter, John, Surveyor-General of South Australia (April 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.
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