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High Points of Named Parallels/Meridians

RankPeak Elev-M
CountryRange (Level 3)Ascents
7.Antarctic Circle High Point2140AntarcticaAntarctic Peninsula0
6.Arctic Circle High Point2510GreenlandGreenland0
2.Cayambe-Equator High Point4720EcuadorEcuador Andes2
4.Date Line High Point3150AntarcticaEast Antarctic Ice Cap0
5.Prime Meridian High Point3070France/SpainPyrenees1
3.Tropic of Cancer High Point3660TaiwanTaiwan0
1.Tropic of Capricorn High Point5180ChilePuna de Atacama0

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List Description

This list is not to be taken very seriously--the "peaks" on it are all slope points (or "liners"), many of them are on very remote polar icecaps, and, due to astronomical phenomena, some of their positions are constantly shifting. But it does give an indication of the approximate locations where the most iconic and well-known parallels and meridians reach their highest point.

For the high points of the Equator, Prime Meridian, and "Date Line" 180-degree meridian, the WGS84 datum is used. The two tropic and the two polar circles shift by about 15 meters every year so any point given here is just an approximation.

Three of these points are on the vast, desolate icecaps of Antarctica or Greenland. The other four points are relatively accessible to intrepid peakbaggers with nothing else better to do, since they lie near well known peaks:


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