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Sign marking the 100th meridian in Cozad, Nebraska Sign at the 100th meridian on U.S. Highway 30 in Cozad, Nebraska.jpg
Sign marking the 100th meridian in Cozad, Nebraska

The meridian 100° 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.

Longitude A geographic coordinate that specifies the east-west position of a point on the Earths surface

Longitude, is a geographic coordinate that specifies the east–west position of a point on the Earth's surface. It is an angular measurement, usually expressed in degrees and denoted by the Greek letter lambda (λ). Meridians connect points with the same longitude. By convention, one of these, the Prime Meridian, which passes through the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, England, was allocated the position of 0° longitude. The longitude of other places is measured as the angle east or west from the Prime Meridian, ranging from 0° at the Prime Meridian to +180° eastward and −180° westward. Specifically, it is the angle between a plane through the Prime Meridian and a plane through both poles and the location in question.

North Pole Northern point where the Earths axis of rotation intersects its surface

The North Pole, also known as the Geographic North Pole or Terrestrial North Pole, is defined as the point in the Northern Hemisphere where the Earth's axis of rotation meets its surface.

Arctic Ocean The smallest and shallowest of the worlds five major oceans, located in the north polar regions

The Arctic Ocean is the smallest and shallowest of the world's five major oceans. The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) recognizes it as an ocean, although some oceanographers call it the Arctic Mediterranean Sea or simply the Arctic Sea, classifying it a mediterranean sea or an estuary of the Atlantic Ocean. It is also seen as the northernmost part of the all-encompassing World Ocean.

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The 100th meridian west forms a great circle with the 80th meridian east.

Great circle intersection of the sphere and a plane which passes through the center point of the sphere

A great circle, also known as an orthodrome, of a sphere is the intersection of the sphere and a plane that passes through the center point of the sphere. A great circle is the largest circle that can be drawn on any given sphere. Any diameter of any great circle coincides with a diameter of the sphere, and therefore all great circles have the same center and circumference as each other. This special case of a circle of a sphere is in opposition to a small circle, that is, the intersection of the sphere and a plane that does not pass through the center. Every circle in Euclidean 3-space is a great circle of exactly one sphere.

80th meridian east

The meridian 80° east of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole.

From Pole to Pole

Starting at the North Pole and heading south to the South Pole, the 100th meridian west passes through:

South Pole Southern point where the Earths axis of rotation intersects its surface

The South Pole, also known as the Geographic South Pole or Terrestrial South Pole, is one of the two points where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects its surface. It is the southernmost point on the surface of the Earth and lies on the opposite side of the Earth from the North Pole.

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
90°0′N100°0′W / 90.000°N 100.000°W / 90.000; -100.000 (Arctic Ocean) Arctic Ocean
80°6′N100°0′W / 80.100°N 100.000°W / 80.100; -100.000 (Canada) Flag of Canada.svg  Canada NunavutMeighen Island
79°52′N100°0′W / 79.867°N 100.000°W / 79.867; -100.000 (Peary Channel) Peary Channel
78°44′N100°0′W / 78.733°N 100.000°W / 78.733; -100.000 (Canada) Flag of Canada.svg  Canada NunavutEllef Ringnes Island
77°48′N100°0′W / 77.800°N 100.000°W / 77.800; -100.000 Unnamed waterbody
76°45′N100°0′W / 76.750°N 100.000°W / 76.750; -100.000 (Canada) Flag of Canada.svg  Canada NunavutBerkeley Islands and Bathurst Island
74°59′N100°0′W / 74.983°N 100.000°W / 74.983; -100.000 (Parry Channel) Parry Channel
73°57′N100°0′W / 73.950°N 100.000°W / 73.950; -100.000 (Canada) Flag of Canada.svg  Canada NunavutPrince of Wales Island
71°52′N100°0′W / 71.867°N 100.000°W / 71.867; -100.000 (M'Clintock Channel) M'Clintock Channel
70°35′N100°0′W / 70.583°N 100.000°W / 70.583; -100.000 (Larsen Sound) Larsen Sound Passing just east of Gateshead Island, Nunavut, Flag of Canada.svg  Canada (at 70°35′N100°9′W / 70.583°N 100.150°W / 70.583; -100.150 (Gateshead Island) )
69°58′N100°0′W / 69.967°N 100.000°W / 69.967; -100.000 (Victoria Strait) Victoria Strait
69°3′N100°0′W / 69.050°N 100.000°W / 69.050; -100.000 (Canada) Flag of Canada.svg  Canada NunavutRoyal Geographical Society Islands
68°57′N100°0′W / 68.950°N 100.000°W / 68.950; -100.000 (Queen Maud Gulf) Queen Maud Gulf Passing just east of Hat Island, Nunavut, Flag of Canada.svg  Canada (at 68°18′N100°2′W / 68.300°N 100.033°W / 68.300; -100.033 (Hat Island) )
67°50′N100°0′W / 67.833°N 100.000°W / 67.833; -100.000 (Canada) Flag of Canada.svg  Canada Nunavut
Manitoba — from 60°0′N100°0′W / 60.000°N 100.000°W / 60.000; -100.000 (Manitoba)
49°0′N100°0′W / 49.000°N 100.000°W / 49.000; -100.000 (United States (North Dakota)) Flag of the United States.svg  United States North Dakota
South Dakota — from 45°56′N100°0′W / 45.933°N 100.000°W / 45.933; -100.000 (South Dakota)
Nebraska — from 43°0′N100°0′W / 43.000°N 100.000°W / 43.000; -100.000 (Nebraska)
Kansas — from 40°0′N100°0′W / 40.000°N 100.000°W / 40.000; -100.000 (Kansas)
Oklahoma — from 37°0′N100°0′W / 37.000°N 100.000°W / 37.000; -100.000 (Oklahoma)
Texas / Oklahoma border — from 36°30′N100°0′W / 36.500°N 100.000°W / 36.500; -100.000 (Texas / Oklahoma border)
Texas — from 34°34′N100°0′W / 34.567°N 100.000°W / 34.567; -100.000 (Texas)
28°0′N100°0′W / 28.000°N 100.000°W / 28.000; -100.000 (Mexico) Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Coahuila
Nuevo León — from 27°37′N100°0′W / 27.617°N 100.000°W / 27.617; -100.000 (Nuevo León)
Tamaulipas — from 23°24′N100°0′W / 23.400°N 100.000°W / 23.400; -100.000 (Tamaulipas)
San Luis Potosí — from 23°10′N100°0′W / 23.167°N 100.000°W / 23.167; -100.000 (San Luis Potosí)
Tamaulipas — from 22°54′N100°0′W / 22.900°N 100.000°W / 22.900; -100.000 (Tamaulipas)
San Luis Potosí — from 22°50′N100°0′W / 22.833°N 100.000°W / 22.833; -100.000 (San Luis Potosí)
Guanajuato — from 21°30′N100°0′W / 21.500°N 100.000°W / 21.500; -100.000 (Guanajuato)
Querétaro — from 21°12′N100°0′W / 21.200°N 100.000°W / 21.200; -100.000 (Querétaro)
Mexico State — from 20°6′N100°0′W / 20.100°N 100.000°W / 20.100; -100.000 (Mexico State)
Guerrero — from 18°35′N100°0′W / 18.583°N 100.000°W / 18.583; -100.000 (Guerro)
16°54′N100°0′W / 16.900°N 100.000°W / 16.900; -100.000 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean
60°0′S100°0′W / 60.000°S 100.000°W / -60.000; -100.000 (Southern Ocean) Southern Ocean
71°55′S100°0′W / 71.917°S 100.000°W / -71.917; -100.000 (Antarctica) Antarctica Unclaimed territory

United States

Part of the border between Texas and Oklahoma is defined by the 100th meridian west. 100th meridian US.svg
Part of the border between Texas and Oklahoma is defined by the 100th meridian west.

In the United States the meridian 100° west of Greenwich forms the eastern border of the Texas panhandle with Oklahoma (which traces its origin to the Adams-Onís Treaty in 1819 which settled the border between New Spain and the United States between the Red River and Arkansas River). Dodge City, Kansas lies exactly at the intersection of the Arkansas River and the 100th meridian.

United States federal republic in North America

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.

Oklahoma State of the United States of America

Oklahoma is a state in the South Central region of the United States, bordered by Kansas on the north, Missouri on the northeast, Arkansas on the east, Texas on the south, New Mexico on the west, and Colorado on the northwest. It is the 20th-most extensive and the 28th-most populous of the fifty United States. The state's name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning "red people". It is also known informally by its nickname, "The Sooner State", in reference to the non-Native settlers who staked their claims on land before the official opening date of lands in the western Oklahoma Territory or before the Indian Appropriations Act of 1889, which dramatically increased European-American settlement in the eastern Indian Territory. Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory were merged into the State of Oklahoma when it became the 46th state to enter the union on November 16, 1907. Its residents are known as Oklahomans, and its capital and largest city is Oklahoma City.

New Spain viceroyalty of the Spanish Empire (1535-1821)

The Viceroyalty of New Spain was an integral territorial entity of the Spanish Empire, established by Habsburg Spain during the Spanish colonization of the Americas. It covered a huge area that included territories in North America, South America, Asia and Oceania. It originated in 1521 after the fall of Mexico-Tenochtitlan, the main event of the Spanish conquest, which did not properly end until much later, as its territory continued to grow to the north. It was officially created on 8 March 1535 as a viceroyalty, the first of four viceroyalties Spain created in the Americas. Its first viceroy was Antonio de Mendoza y Pacheco, and the capital of the viceroyalty was Mexico City, established on the ancient Mexico-Tenochtitlan.

In the central Great Plains, the meridian roughly marks the western boundary of the normal reach of moist air from the Gulf of Mexico, and the approximate boundary (although some areas do push the boundary slightly farther east) between the semi-arid climate to the west and the humid continental (north of about 37°N) and humid subtropical (south of about 37°N) climates to the east. The type of agriculture west of the meridian typically relies heavily on irrigation. Historically the meridian has often been taken as a rough boundary between the eastern and western United States. White settlement, spreading westward after the American Civil War, settled the area around this meridian during the 1870s.

Great Plains broad expanse of flat land west of the Mississippi River and east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States and Canada

The Great Plains is the broad expanse of flat land, much of it covered in prairie, steppe, and grassland, that lies west of the Mississippi River tallgrass prairie in the United States and east of the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. and Canada. It embraces:

Gulf of Mexico An Atlantic Ocean basin extending into southern North America

The Gulf of Mexico is an ocean basin and a marginal sea of the Atlantic Ocean, largely surrounded by the North American continent. It is bounded on the northeast, north and northwest by the Gulf Coast of the United States, on the southwest and south by Mexico, and on the southeast by Cuba. The U.S. states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida border the Gulf on the north, which are often referred to as the "Third Coast", in comparison with the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

Semi-arid climate climat with precipitation below potential evapotranspiration

A semi-arid climate or steppe climate is the climate of a region that receives precipitation below potential evapotranspiration, but not as low as a desert climate. There are different kinds of semi-arid climates, depending on variables such as temperature, and they give rise to different biomes.

A sign across U.S. Highway 30 in Cozad, Nebraska, marks the place where the 100th meridian intersects with the routes of the Oregon Trail, Pony Express, transcontinental railroad, and the Lincoln Highway.

Cozad, Nebraska City in Nebraska, United States

Cozad is a city in Dawson County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 3,977 at the 2010 census. The town is on the Great Plains of central Nebraska, along the Union Pacific Railroad and U.S. Highway 30, just north of the Platte River. The 100th meridian, which roughly marks the eastward boundary of the arid plains, passes just west of the town as is marked nearby on a prominent sign across U.S. Highway 30. In the early 1860s, it was a stop along the Pony Express.

Oregon Trail historic route to and through the American Old West

The Oregon Trail is a 2,170-mile (3,490 km) historic East–West, large-wheeled wagon route and emigrant trail in the United States that connected the Missouri River to valleys in Oregon. The eastern part of the Oregon Trail spanned part of the future state of Kansas, and nearly all of what are now the states of Nebraska and Wyoming. The western half of the trail spanned most of the future states of Idaho and Oregon.

Pony Express former mail service

The Pony Express was a mail service delivering messages, newspapers, and mail.

Wallace Stegner's Beyond the Hundredth Meridian (1954), is a biography of John Wesley Powell, an explorer of the American West.

The song "At the Hundredth Meridian" by The Tragically Hip is about the 100th meridian west, specifically in Canada, and how it has traditionally been considered "where the great plains begin."

Preceded by
99th meridian west
100th meridian west

forms a great circle with

80th meridian east

Succeeded by
101st meridian west

See also

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102nd meridian west

The meridian 102° 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.

103rd meridian west meridian

The meridian 103° 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.

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The meridian 110° 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.

111th meridian west line of longitude west of the Greenwich Meridian

The meridian 111° 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.

105th meridian west meridian

The meridian 105° 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.

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The 141st meridian east of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, Australasia, the Indian Ocean, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole.

90th meridian east

The meridian 90° east of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole.

20th meridian east meridian

The meridian 20° east of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, Europe, Africa, the Atlantic and Indian oceans, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole.

160th meridian east

The meridian 160° east of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole.

20th meridian west

The meridian 20° west of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, Greenland, Iceland, the Atlantic Ocean, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole. The 20th meridian west forms a great circle with the 160th meridian east.

120th meridian west

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.

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The meridian 25° east of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, Europe, Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole.

141st meridian west meridian

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The meridian 115° east of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, Asia, the Indian Ocean, Australasia, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole.

115th meridian west meridian

The meridian 115° 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.

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The meridian 94° west of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, North America, the Gulf of Mexico, Central America, the Pacific Ocean, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole.