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33rd Parallel North

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

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

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.) This airspace was controlled by 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 world

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

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
Mediterranean Sea Passing just north of Tripoli,  Libya
Golan Heights Territory controlled by  Israel, claimed by  Syria
UNDOF buffer zone
 Pakistan Federally Administered Tribal Areas
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Azad Kashmir - claimed by  India
 India Jammu and Kashmir - claimed by  Pakistan
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir - claimed by  Pakistan
Aksai Chin Disputed between  India and  People's Republic of China
 People's Republic of China Tibet
Anhui (for about 12 km)
East China Sea Passing just south of the island of Marado,  South Korea
 Japan Island of Nakadori:
Nagasaki Prefecture
Island of Kyūshū:
— Nagasaki Prefecture
Saga Prefecture
Kumamoto Prefecture
Ōita Prefecture
Island of Shikoku:
Ehime Prefecture
Kōchi Prefecture
Pacific Ocean
 United States California - San Clemente Island
Pacific Ocean
 United States California
New Mexico
Louisiana - passing just south of the border with Arkansas
South Carolina
Atlantic Ocean
 Portugal Cal Islet, just south of Porto Santo Island, Madeira
Atlantic Ocean

See also


  1. ^ "Containment: The Iraqi no-fly zones". BBC News. 29 December 1998. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  2. ^
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