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120th Meridian East

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120th Meridian East

Line across the Earth
120th meridian east

The meridian 120° east of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, Asia, the Indian Ocean, Australia, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole.

The 120th meridian east forms a great circle with the 60th meridian west.

From Pole to Pole

Starting at the North Pole and heading south to the South Pole, the 120th meridian east passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
Arctic Ocean
Laptev Sea
 People's Republic of China Inner Mongolia
Liaoning – from
Bohai Sea
 People's Republic of China Shandong (Shandong Peninsula)
Yellow Sea
 People's Republic of China Jiangsu
Zhejiang – from , passing just west of Hangzhou (at )
Fujian – from
East China Sea
South China Sea Passing through the Taiwan Strait, just west of the island of Taiwan,  Republic of China (at )
 Philippines Islands of Cabarruyan and Luzon
South China Sea Passing just west of the Lubang Islands,  Philippines (at )
 Philippines Islands of Busuanga and Culion
Sulu Sea
 Philippines Island of Dumaran
Sulu Sea Passing through Tubbataha Reef,  Philippines (at )
 Philippines Island of Laparan
Sulu Sea
 Philippines Islands of Tawi-Tawi and Bilatan
Celebes Sea
Makassar Strait
 Indonesia Island of Sulawesi
Flores Sea
 Indonesia Island of Flores
Sumba Strait
 Indonesia Island of Sumba
Indian Ocean
 Australia Western Australia
Indian Ocean Australian authorities consider this to be part of the Southern Ocean[1][2]
Southern Ocean
Antarctica Australian Antarctic Territory, claimed by  Australia

See also


  1. ^ Darby, Andrew (22 December 2003). "Canberra all at sea over position of Southern Ocean". The Age. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Indian Ocean". Encyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 

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