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33rd parallel north

The 33rd parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 33 degrees north of the Earth's equatorial plane. It crosses North Africa, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America and the Atlantic Ocean.

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In the United States, the 33rd parallel approximately defines the border between Arkansas and Louisiana.

In Iraq, the parallel defined the limit of the southern no-fly zone from 4 September 1996 to 30 August 2003. (Before this time it had been set at the 32nd parallel north) as part of Operation Southern Watch.[1]

In the United States it approximately forms the border between Arkansas in the north and Louisiana on the south. (The border is actually a couple of kilometres north of the parallel.) The Louisiana Territory was that part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase which lay north of the 33rd parallel.

The parallel is part of the horse latitudes.

At this latitude the sun is visible for 14 hours, 20 minutes during the summer solstice and 9 hours, 58 minutes during the winter solstice.[2]

Around the worldEdit

Starting at the Prime Meridian and heading eastwards, the parallel 33° north passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
33°0′N 0°0′E / 33.000°N 0.000°E / 33.000; 0.000 (Prime Meridian)   Algeria
33°0′N 8°11′E / 33.000°N 8.183°E / 33.000; 8.183 (Tunisia)   Tunisia
33°0′N 11°31′E / 33.000°N 11.517°E / 33.000; 11.517 (Libya)   Libya
33°0′N 12°0′E / 33.000°N 12.000°E / 33.000; 12.000 (Mediterranean Sea) Mediterranean Sea Passing just north of Tripoli,   Libya
33°0′N 35°5′E / 33.000°N 35.083°E / 33.000; 35.083 (Israel)   Israel Passing through Nahariya
33°0′N 35°38′E / 33.000°N 35.633°E / 33.000; 35.633 (Golan Heights) Golan Heights Territory controlled by   Israel, claimed by   Syria - passing through the northern edge of Katzrin
33°0′N 35°52′E / 33.000°N 35.867°E / 33.000; 35.867 (United Nations) UNDOF buffer zone about a half a Km
33°0′N 35°53′E / 33.000°N 35.883°E / 33.000; 35.883 (Syria)   Syria
33°0′N 38°5′E / 33.000°N 38.083°E / 33.000; 38.083 (Jordan)   Jordan
33°0′N 39°3′E / 33.000°N 39.050°E / 33.000; 39.050 (Iraq)   Iraq
33°0′N 46°6′E / 33.000°N 46.100°E / 33.000; 46.100 (Iran)   Iran
33°0′N 60°38′E / 33.000°N 60.633°E / 33.000; 60.633 (Afghanistan)   Afghanistan
33°0′N 69°30′E / 33.000°N 69.500°E / 33.000; 69.500 (Pakistan)   Pakistan Federally Administered Tribal Areas
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Azad Kashmir - claimed by   India
33°0′N 74°21′E / 33.000°N 74.350°E / 33.000; 74.350 (India)   India Jammu and Kashmir - claimed by   Pakistan
Himachal Pradesh
33°0′N 79°14′E / 33.000°N 79.233°E / 33.000; 79.233 (Aksai Chin) Aksai Chin Disputed between   India and   People's Republic of China
33°0′N 79°21′E / 33.000°N 79.350°E / 33.000; 79.350 (China)   People's Republic of China Tibet
Anhui (for about 12 km)
33°0′N 120°47′E / 33.000°N 120.783°E / 33.000; 120.783 (East China Sea) East China Sea Passing just south of the island of Marado,   South Korea
33°0′N 129°2′E / 33.000°N 129.033°E / 33.000; 129.033 (Japan)   Japan Island of Nakadori:
Nagasaki Prefecture
Island of Kyūshū:
— Nagasaki Prefecture
Saga Prefecture
Kumamoto Prefecture
Ōita Prefecture
Island of Shikoku:
Ehime Prefecture
Kōchi Prefecture
33°0′N 133°1′E / 33.000°N 133.017°E / 33.000; 133.017 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean
33°0′N 118°35′W / 33.000°N 118.583°W / 33.000; -118.583 (United States)   United States California - San Clemente Island
33°0′N 118°33′W / 33.000°N 118.550°W / 33.000; -118.550 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean
33°0′N 117°17′W / 33.000°N 117.283°W / 33.000; -117.283 (United States)   United States California - passing through Solana Beach
Arizona - passing through Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
New Mexico
Texas - passing through the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
Louisiana - passing just south of the border with Arkansas
Georgia - passing through LaGrange and Louisville
South Carolina - passing through Goose Creek
33°0′N 79°28′W / 33.000°N 79.467°W / 33.000; -79.467 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean
33°0′N 16°23′W / 33.000°N 16.383°W / 33.000; -16.383 (Portugal)   Portugal Cal Islet, just south of Porto Santo Island, Madeira
33°0′N 16°22′W / 33.000°N 16.367°W / 33.000; -16.367 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean
33°0′N 8°45′W / 33.000°N 8.750°W / 33.000; -8.750 (Morocco)   Morocco Passing through Settat
33°0′N 1°28′W / 33.000°N 1.467°W / 33.000; -1.467 (Algeria)   Algeria

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Containment: The Iraqi no-fly zones". BBC News. 29 December 1998. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
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