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Old May 31st, 2014, 02:11 AM   #1
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Meridians and parallels signed on roads

Let's post all signs or roadside monuments showing where a meridian or parallel passes. The two Tropics, the Arctic Circle, the Equator and the Greenwitch meridian are included.

I start with my county, Italy. Northern Italy is crossed by the 45N parallel who marks the halfway distance between the Equator and the North Pole (5,000km from both). Due its particularity, it's signposted in many places.

A21 Brescia-Turin near Voghera


A7 Milan - Genoa near Casei Gerola


Chieri, near Turin


Chieri again


Scardovari, near Po delta


Restaurant "45° parallelo" in Voghera




SS309 Venice-Ravenna
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Old May 31st, 2014, 04:06 AM   #2
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I wasn't even aware of this parallel.


I've crossed the Tropic of Capricorn (Southern tropic) in Rockhampton in Australia, but I missed it, because I was driving on the other side of the road. Apparently it's here.


http://www.panoramio.com/photo/96881863


http://www.panoramio.com/photo/350577


http://www.panoramio.com/photo/350567


http://www.panoramio.com/photo/350572


http://www.panoramio.com/photo/350542
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Old May 31st, 2014, 06:23 AM   #3
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Old May 31st, 2014, 08:59 AM   #5
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Old May 31st, 2014, 11:15 AM   #6
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Cross the 50th parallel every day on my way to work, never seen a sign though...
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Old May 31st, 2014, 11:30 AM   #7
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Prime meridian (Greenwich) in AP-2 motorway (Spain)





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The "0" Greenwich Meridian sign on the AP-2 in Spain, 500 metres ahead....



An here it actually is...

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Old May 31st, 2014, 02:30 PM   #10
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And I was about to post it, too . The 'Berbegal meridian', as I call it as it passes through that town, isn't marked at other points, though: A-22 at Prime Meridian. OTOH, there is a monument on N-420 where it crosses the zero.

By the way, I've read somewhere that the parallel 45ºN is actually a bit closer to the Equator than is to the North Pole, due to the Earth not being a perfect sphere.
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The town of Termoli, Molise, Italy is known primarily for three things: the Fiat plant, the ferry service to Tremiti islands and for being at the junction between 42°N and 15°E.
The 15°E meridian is the central meridian of the Central European Time Zone (UTC+1), that rougly extends from 0° (Greenwitch) and 30°E. For this reason, in Italy, especially in the past, UTC+1 was also known as "Termoli time".
A monument was recently built at the junction of 42°N and 15°E.


15°E across a rondabout.
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45°N in Senj, Croatia





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Old May 31st, 2014, 04:11 PM   #13
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15°E signposted in Trebnje, Slovenia
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.

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Old May 31st, 2014, 04:23 PM   #14
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Quote:
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15°E signposted in Trebnje, Slovenia
I can't post photos now but if you take a look on GSV there is signed "46 parallel" on noise barrier on A23 somewhere near Cargnacco
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The town of Termoli, Molise, Italy is known primarily for three things: the Fiat plant, the ferry service to Tremiti islands and for being at the junction between 42°N and 15°E.
The 15°E meridian is the central meridian of the Central European Time Zone (UTC+1), that rougly extends from 0° (Greenwitch) and 30°E. For this reason, in Italy, especially in the past, UTC+1 was also known as "Termoli time".
A monument was recently built at the junction of 42°N and 15°E.
I knew that Termoli was home to that confluence (thanks to my Italian road atlas), but I believe it is at the very shore line.
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I have only seen by myself the polar circle signs in Finland and Norway, and a 45 (South of course ) sign in New Zealand.
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Spanish N-II is crossed by the Paris Meridian just as it meets the sea in Ocata, north of Barcelona (and just East of where I've spent most of my life ). There's no sign on the road, but there's a small monolyth on a parallel walkway:



It's visible on Google Street View.
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I can't post photos now but if you take a look on GSV there is signed "46 parallel" on noise barrier on A23 somewhere near Cargnacco
I know, I saw it many times.
Here it is:
https://www.google.it/maps/@46.00043...Tu14Ez4Siw!2e0

This is a pic of the 46 parallel near Trento
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I also recall 46th parallel signs in Trentino, Italy. Small brown sign with "46" and the word parallelo underneath it. Can't find any on Streetview though, and the holiday from which I recall passing these signs is some 20 years back ...
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Old May 31st, 2014, 05:23 PM   #20
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Some pics of the Arctic Circle

Dalton Highway, Alaska, USA


Somewhere in Sweden


Near Rovaniemi, Finland




Dempster Highway, Northwest Territories, Canada



Nenetsky Autonomous Okrug, Russia


Grimsey island, Iceland
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.

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