40th parallel north facts for kids
The 40th parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 40 degrees north of the Earth's equatorial plane. It crosses Europe, the Mediterranean Sea, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Around the world
Starting in Spain at the Prime Meridian and heading eastwards, the parallel 40° north passes through:
Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes Spain Valencian Community Mediterranean Sea Passing just north of the island of Majorca, Spain Spain Island of Menorca Mediterranean Sea Italy Island of Sardinia Mediterranean Sea Tyrrhenian Sea Italy Campania Mediterranean Sea Gulf of Policastro Italy Basilicata, Calabria Mediterranean Sea Gulf of Taranto Italy Apulia Mediterranean Sea Strait of Otranto Albania Passing just north of Sarandë and just south of Gjirokastër Greece Mediterranean Sea Aegean Sea Greece Kassandra and Sithonia Mediterranean Sea Aegean Sea Greece Island of Lemnos Mediterranean Sea Aegean Sea Turkey Passing just north of Ankara Armenia Passing through Verin Artashat and Norashen, Ararat Azerbaijan Passing through Nagorno-Karabakh Caspian Sea Turkmenistan Uzbekistan Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan For about 9 km Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan Sokh exclave - for about 7 km Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan Shohimardon exclave - for about 4 km Kyrgyzstan People's Republic of China Xinjiang
Beijing (passing just north of the city centre)
Liaoning (for about 8 km)
Pacific Ocean Liaodong Bay, Yellow Sea People's Republic of China Liaoning (Liaodong Peninsula) North Korea North Pyeongan Province - Passing through Sinuiju
South Hamgyeong Province - Passing just north of Hamheung
Pacific Ocean Sea of Japan North Korea Mayang Island Pacific Ocean Sea of Japan Japan Island of Honshū
— Akita Prefecture
— Iwate Prefecture
Pacific Ocean United States California - passing though Cooks Valley
Nebraska / Kansas border
Ohio - passing just north of Columbus
Pennsylvania - passing through Philadelphia
Atlantic Ocean Passing just north of Corvo Island, Azores, Portugal Portugal Passing near Pombal and Covilhã Spain Extremadura
Community of Madrid - for about 10 km
Valencian Community - Rincón de Ademuz exclave, for about 4 km
Castile-La Mancha - for about 5 km
The parallel 40° north forms the boundary between the states of Kansas and Nebraska. On 30 May 1854, the Kansas–Nebraska Act created the Territory of Kansas and the Territory of Nebraska divided by the parallel 40° north.
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