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15th Parallel North

Line across the Earth
15°
15th parallel north

The 15th parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 15 degrees north of the Earth's equatorial plane. It crosses Africa, Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, Central America, the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean.

In the Chadian-Libyan conflict of 1978 to 1987, the parallel, known as the "Red Line", delineated areas controlled by opposing combatants. (See also Operation Manta.)

At this latitude the sun is visible for 13 hours, 1 minute during the summer solstice and 11 hours, 14 minutes during the winter solstice.[1]

Around the world

Starting at the Prime Meridian and heading eastwards, the parallel 15° north passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
 Mali
 Niger
 Chad
 Sudan
 Eritrea
Red Sea
 Yemen
Indian Ocean Arabian Sea
 India Goa
Karnataka
Andhra Pradesh
Indian Ocean Bay of Bengal
Passing just north of the island of Preparis,  Myanmar
Andaman Sea
 Myanmar (Burma)
 Thailand
 Laos
 Vietnam
South China Sea Passing just south of the disputed Scarborough Shoal
 Philippines Island of Luzon
Pacific Ocean Polillo Strait
 Philippines Island of Polillo
Pacific Ocean Philippine Sea
 Northern Mariana Islands Island of Tinian
Pacific Ocean Passing north of Bokak Atoll,  Marshall Islands
 Mexico
 Guatemala
 Honduras
 Nicaragua For about 11 km
 Honduras
Caribbean Sea Passing between  Dominica and  Martinique (France)
Atlantic Ocean
 Cape Verde Island of Fogo
Atlantic Ocean
 Cape Verde Island of Santiago
Atlantic Ocean
 Senegal
 Mauritania
 Mali
 Burkina Faso
 Mali

See also

References

  1. ^ http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/Dur_OneYear.php
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