For faster navigation, this Iframe is preloading the Wikiwand page for 120th meridian west.

120th meridian west

This article does not cite any sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.Find sources: "120th meridian west" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (January 2021) (Learn how and when to remove this message)
Line across the Earth
120°
120th meridian west
The 120th meridian defines part of the border between British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, and defines part of the border between California and Nevada in the United States.

The meridian 120° west of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, North America, the Pacific Ocean, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole.

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

In Canada the border between British Columbia and Alberta is defined by the meridian north of where it intersects the Continental Divide of the Americas, and in the United States part of the border between California and Nevada follows it.

The mean solar time at this meridian determines the time for the Pacific Time Zone (UTC−08:00) during standard time. Most of the year however, it is the meridian for Alaska Daylight Time, as daylight saving time is observed for two-thirds of the year.

From Pole to Pole

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

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
90°0′N 120°0′W / 90.000°N 120.000°W / 90.000; -120.000 (Arctic Ocean) Arctic Ocean
77°1′N 120°0′W / 77.017°N 120.000°W / 77.017; -120.000 (Canada)  Canada Northwest TerritoriesPrince Patrick Island
75°50′N 120°0′W / 75.833°N 120.000°W / 75.833; -120.000 (M'Clure Strait) M'Clure Strait
74°17′N 120°0′W / 74.283°N 120.000°W / 74.283; -120.000 (Canada)  Canada Northwest TerritoriesBanks Island
72°14′N 120°0′W / 72.233°N 120.000°W / 72.233; -120.000 (Prince of Wales Strait) Prince of Wales Strait
71°32′N 120°0′W / 71.533°N 120.000°W / 71.533; -120.000 (Amundsen Gulf) Amundsen Gulf
69°21′N 120°0′W / 69.350°N 120.000°W / 69.350; -120.000 (Canada)  Canada Nunavut
Northwest Territories — passing through Great Bear Lake
British Columbia / Alberta border — from 60°0′N 120°0′W / 60.000°N 120.000°W / 60.000; -120.000 (British Columbia/Alberta border)
British Columbia — from Intersection Mountain at 53°48′N 120°0′W / 53.800°N 120.000°W / 53.800; -120.000 (British Columbia); at this point the meridian meets the Continental Divide, and the boundary with Alberta diverts southeast
49°0′N 120°0′W / 49.000°N 120.000°W / 49.000; -120.000 (United States)  United States Washington
Oregon — from 45°49′N 120°0′W / 45.817°N 120.000°W / 45.817; -120.000 (Oregon)
California / Nevada border — from 42°0′N 120°0′W / 42.000°N 120.000°W / 42.000; -120.000 (Oregon)
California — from 39°0′N 120°0′W / 39.000°N 120.000°W / 39.000; -120.000 (California), through South Lake Tahoe and just east of Madera
34°27′N 120°0′W / 34.450°N 120.000°W / 34.450; -120.000 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean Santa Barbara Channel
33°59′N 120°0′W / 33.983°N 120.000°W / 33.983; -120.000 (United States)  United States CaliforniaSanta Rosa Island
33°57′N 120°0′W / 33.950°N 120.000°W / 33.950; -120.000 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean
60°0′S 120°0′W / 60.000°S 120.000°W / -60.000; -120.000 (Southern Ocean) Southern Ocean
73°44′S 120°0′W / 73.733°S 120.000°W / -73.733; -120.000 (Antarctica) Antarctica Unclaimed territory

See also

References

{{bottomLinkPreText}} {{bottomLinkText}}
120th meridian west
Listen to this article

This browser is not supported by Wikiwand :(
Wikiwand requires a browser with modern capabilities in order to provide you with the best reading experience.
Please download and use one of the following browsers:

This article was just edited, click to reload
This article has been deleted on Wikipedia (Why?)

Back to homepage

Please click Add in the dialog above
Please click Allow in the top-left corner,
then click Install Now in the dialog
Please click Open in the download dialog,
then click Install
Please click the "Downloads" icon in the Safari toolbar, open the first download in the list,
then click Install
{{::$root.activation.text}}

Install Wikiwand

Install on Chrome Install on Firefox
Don't forget to rate us

Tell your friends about Wikiwand!

Gmail Facebook Twitter Link

Enjoying Wikiwand?

Tell your friends and spread the love:
Share on Gmail Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Buffer

Our magic isn't perfect

You can help our automatic cover photo selection by reporting an unsuitable photo.

This photo is visually disturbing This photo is not a good choice

Thank you for helping!


Your input will affect cover photo selection, along with input from other users.

X

Get ready for Wikiwand 2.0 🎉! the new version arrives on September 1st! Don't want to wait?