48th parallel north

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48th parallel north

The 48th parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 48 degrees north of the Earth's equatorial plane. It crosses Europe, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America, and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Boston Beer Company brews an India Pale Ale called Latitude 48 as much of the Northern Hemisphere's hops are grown in a belt at approximately this latitude.[1]

In Canada the parallel forms part of the border between Quebec and New Brunswick.

At this latitude the sun is visible for 16 hours, 3 minutes during the summer solstice and 8 hours, 22 minutes during the winter solstice.[2]

Around the world[edit]

Starting at the Prime Meridian and heading eastwards, the parallel 48° north passes through:

Co-ordinatesCountry, territory or seaNotes
48°0′N 0°0′E / 48.000°N 0.000°E / 48.000; 0.000 (Prime Meridian) France
48°0′N 7°36′E / 48.000°N 7.600°E / 48.000; 7.600 (Germany) GermanyBaden-Württemberg - passing through Freiburg im Breisgau, less than 1 km north of the city centre
Bavaria - passing through Lake Ammer, and passing just south of Munich
48°0′N 12°52′E / 48.000°N 12.867°E / 48.000; 12.867 (Austria) Austria
48°0′N 17°9′E / 48.000°N 17.150°E / 48.000; 17.150 (Hungary) HungaryFor about 8 km
48°0′N 17°16′E / 48.000°N 17.267°E / 48.000; 17.267 (Slovakia) Slovakia
48°0′N 18°49′E / 48.000°N 18.817°E / 48.000; 18.817 (Hungary) Hungary
48°0′N 22°51′E / 48.000°N 22.850°E / 48.000; 22.850 (Ukraine) UkraineFor about 6 km
48°0′N 22°56′E / 48.000°N 22.933°E / 48.000; 22.933 (Romania) RomaniaFor about 4 km
48°0′N 23°0′E / 48.000°N 23.000°E / 48.000; 23.000 (Ukraine) UkraineFor about 4 km
48°0′N 23°3′E / 48.000°N 23.050°E / 48.000; 23.050 (Romania) Romania
48°0′N 23°24′E / 48.000°N 23.400°E / 48.000; 23.400 (Ukraine) Ukraine
48°0′N 26°11′E / 48.000°N 26.183°E / 48.000; 26.183 (Romania) Romania
48°0′N 27°8′E / 48.000°N 27.133°E / 48.000; 27.133 (Moldova) MoldovaPassing through Transnistria
48°0′N 28°54′E / 48.000°N 28.900°E / 48.000; 28.900 (Ukraine) Ukraine
48°0′N 39°48′E / 48.000°N 39.800°E / 48.000; 39.800 (Russia) RussiaRostov Oblast
Volgograd Oblast
Kalmykia
Astrakhan Oblast
48°0′N 47°1′E / 48.000°N 47.017°E / 48.000; 47.017 (Kazakhstan) Kazakhstan
48°0′N 85°34′E / 48.000°N 85.567°E / 48.000; 85.567 (China) People's Republic of ChinaXinjiang
48°0′N 89°2′E / 48.000°N 89.033°E / 48.000; 89.033 (Mongolia) Mongolia
48°0′N 89°17′E / 48.000°N 89.283°E / 48.000; 89.283 (China) People's Republic of ChinaXinjiang
48°0′N 89°35′E / 48.000°N 89.583°E / 48.000; 89.583 (Mongolia) MongoliaPassing just north of Ulan Bator
48°0′N 115°30′E / 48.000°N 115.500°E / 48.000; 115.500 (China) People's Republic of ChinaInner Mongolia
48°0′N 117°47′E / 48.000°N 117.783°E / 48.000; 117.783 (Mongolia) Mongolia
48°0′N 118°28′E / 48.000°N 118.467°E / 48.000; 118.467 (China) People's Republic of ChinaInner Mongolia
Heilongjiang
48°0′N 130°44′E / 48.000°N 130.733°E / 48.000; 130.733 (Russia) RussiaJewish Autonomous Oblast
48°0′N 132°52′E / 48.000°N 132.867°E / 48.000; 132.867 (China) People's Republic of ChinaHeilongjiang
48°0′N 134°33′E / 48.000°N 134.550°E / 48.000; 134.550 (Russia) RussiaKhabarovsk Krai
Primorsky Krai
Khabarovsk Krai
48°0′N 139°33′E / 48.000°N 139.550°E / 48.000; 139.550 (Strait of Tartary)Strait of Tartary
48°0′N 142°12′E / 48.000°N 142.200°E / 48.000; 142.200 (Russia) RussiaIsland of Sakhalin
48°0′N 142°32′E / 48.000°N 142.533°E / 48.000; 142.533 (Sea of Okhotsk)Sea of OkhotskPassing between the islands of Rasshua and Ushishir in  Russia's Kuril Island chain
48°0′N 153°10′E / 48.000°N 153.167°E / 48.000; 153.167 (Pacific Ocean)Pacific Ocean
48°0′N 124°41′W / 48.000°N 124.683°W / 48.000; -124.683 (United States) United StatesWashington - Olympic Peninsula (mainland), Whidbey Island, and the mainland
Idaho
Montana
North Dakota
Minnesota
48°0′N 89°56′W / 48.000°N 89.933°W / 48.000; -89.933 (Canada) CanadaOntario - for about 7 km
48°0′N 89°50′W / 48.000°N 89.833°W / 48.000; -89.833 (United States) United StatesMinnesota
48°0′N 89°35′W / 48.000°N 89.583°W / 48.000; -89.583 (Canada) CanadaOntario - for about 2 km
48°0′N 89°34′W / 48.000°N 89.567°W / 48.000; -89.567 (Lake Superior)Lake Superior
48°0′N 88°59′W / 48.000°N 88.983°W / 48.000; -88.983 (United States) United StatesMichigan - Isle Royale
48°0′N 88°41′W / 48.000°N 88.683°W / 48.000; -88.683 (Lake Superior)Lake Superior
48°0′N 85°54′W / 48.000°N 85.900°W / 48.000; -85.900 (Canada) CanadaOntario
Quebec
48°0′N 69°47′W / 48.000°N 69.783°W / 48.000; -69.783 (Saint Lawrence River)Saint Lawrence River
48°0′N 69°30′W / 48.000°N 69.500°W / 48.000; -69.500 (Canada) CanadaQuebec - Île Verte and mainland
Quebec / New Brunswick border
Quebec
New Brunswick
48°0′N 66°19′W / 48.000°N 66.317°W / 48.000; -66.317 (Baie des Chaleurs)Baie des ChaleursJust passing south of the Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec,  Canada
48°0′N 64°33′W / 48.000°N 64.550°W / 48.000; -64.550 (Canada) CanadaNew Brunswick - Miscou Island
48°0′N 64°29′W / 48.000°N 64.483°W / 48.000; -64.483 (Gulf of Saint Lawrence)Gulf of Saint Lawrence
48°0′N 59°17′W / 48.000°N 59.283°W / 48.000; -59.283 (Canada) CanadaNewfoundland and Labrador - island of Newfoundland.
From west to east, the parallel enters the island near the Anguille Mountains then passes near the community of North Branch. Further east it passes 1 km north of the Bay d'Espoir Generating Station, and through the community of Queen's Cove.
48°0′N 53°39′W / 48.000°N 53.650°W / 48.000; -53.650 (Trinity Bay)Trinity Bay
48°0′N 53°19′W / 48.000°N 53.317°W / 48.000; -53.317 (Canada) CanadaNewfoundland and Labrador - Bay de Verde Peninsula, island of Newfoundland (from Hants Harbour to Lower Island Cove)
48°0′N 52°59′W / 48.000°N 52.983°W / 48.000; -52.983 (Atlantic Ocean)Atlantic Ocean
48°0′N 4°30′W / 48.000°N 4.500°W / 48.000; -4.500 (France) France

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