We pass over the Tropic of Capricorn

@JudyEv (223954)
Bunbury, Australia
October 17, 2020 6:26pm CST
We are now in Carnarvon and passed banana plantations and vegetable gardens on our way into the town. Not too far north we also passed over the Tropic of Capricorn. I missed taking a photo of it on the way up as we were on a different road (inland) and there was nowhere to pull over. The Tropic of Capricorn marks the southernmost latitude where the sun can be seen directly overhead. This ‘southern solstice’ occurs in December. The latitude is currently 23°26'11.7? (or 23.43659°)[1] south, but Wikipedia says it is very gradually currently moving northward at 15 metres per year. The other thing I found interesting is that less than 3% of the world's population lives south of the Tropic of Capricorn. This represents 30% of the population of the Southern Hemisphere. Who’d a thought??
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@DianneN (199027)
• United States
17 Oct
That is so cool! Interesting facts! We've come very close to it in Brazil and yes, it is moving northward every year.
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
I found your comment surprising but of course, the Tropic would have to go to through many other countries.
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@DianneN (199027)
• United States
18 Oct
@JudyEv Of course.
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@snowy22315 (99674)
• United States
18 Oct
Interesting they have a sign. I wonder where the Tropic of Cancer is?
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
North!
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@snowy22315 (99674)
• United States
18 Oct
@JudyEv Yeah, somewhere out there!
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@ptrikha_2 (26519)
• India
18 Oct
@snowy22315 A lot of areas in Tropic of Cancer are in India and areas of Middle East, North Africa, Mexico, Myanmar and China.
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@id_peace (12491)
• Singapore
18 Oct
Is there any special ritual that you must perform if you are to pass the Teopic of Capricorn for the first time?
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
No, I've never heard of any special rituals. I know they make a big thing of crossing the Equator in cruise ships.
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@id_peace (12491)
• Singapore
18 Oct
Yes this is what I would think as well...
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@rsa101 (28944)
• Philippines
18 Oct
Still on the road? Looks like you’ve been traveling for several days already. Are you done visiting your sister or are you on the way back to your home now?
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
We will be away about four weeks altogether. We left my sister and continued on north as far as Karijini. Now we're slowly heading south again.
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@rsa101 (28944)
• Philippines
18 Oct
@JudyEv l see that’s a very ling road trip you are having there. Enjoy!!!!
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Oct
@rsa101 Thanks. It's been fun so far.
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@Hannihar (103739)
• Israel
18 Oct
@JudyEv Thank you for sharing that with us.
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
You're very welcome, Hanni. How have you been?
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@Hannihar (103739)
• Israel
18 Oct
@JudyEv I am ok.
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@Hytton03 (922)
• Philippines
18 Oct
I don't have idea, thanks for sharing.
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
I have learnt a great many things on myLot. Perhaps you will too.
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@Hytton03 (922)
• Philippines
18 Oct
@JudyEv yeah me too. Gives us more information.
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@BelleStarr (54620)
• United States
18 Oct
That is a very interesting fact, is it because India is in that area?
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
The Tropic of Cancer passes through India. The Tropic of Capricorn passes through Brazil and Chile in South America and across the lower tip of Africa.
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@BelleStarr (54620)
• United States
18 Oct
@JudyEv I am not familiar with either of them I’m not quite sure why
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
@BelleStarr We covered it in school I guess in geography.
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@nawala123 (20233)
• Indonesia
18 Oct
That is really productive area
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
There is a lot of vegetables grown in the area where we are now.
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@nawala123 (20233)
• Indonesia
18 Oct
@JudyEv that is so green. Contrary to most aussie land
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Oct
@nawala123 It's mostly green round the edges - on the coast - but the interior is very arid.
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@thelme55 (53591)
• Germany
18 Oct
That is very interesting to know. I have not heard of the Tropic of Capricorn Thanks for sharing.
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Oct
We learnt about the Tropics in geography. There are two: Tropic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer. They mark the most southerly and northerly latitudes where the sun appears directly overhead.
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@thelme55 (53591)
• Germany
19 Oct
@JudyEv Maybe I was absent in my Geography class when the topic was about Tropic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Oct
@thelme55 Oh well, we can't know everything. I might do a post about it soon.
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@rebelann (76658)
• El Paso, Texas
18 Oct
That's a lotta people.
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
I suppose so but the northern hemisphere would have a lot more.
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@rebelann (76658)
• El Paso, Texas
19 Oct
Ummm, now I'm confused, I thought the tropic of capricorn was a state in Australia @JudyEv
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Oct
@rebelann I think I should do a post on it just as soon as I get time.
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@FourWalls (28435)
• Louisville, Kentucky
18 Oct
What did the Tropic of Capricorn’s horoscope say? Thank you for the excellent explanation!
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
It said I'd be asked silly questions today.
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@ptrikha_2 (26519)
• India
18 Oct
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@FourWalls (28435)
• Louisville, Kentucky
18 Oct
@JudyEv
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• United States
18 Oct
hmm, i'd figured such 'twas too arid to grow naners 'n veggies. so, the earth's axis 'tis movin' that much per year? lots 'f interestin' schtuff with that place fer certain.
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
It's right on the coast so maybe that accounts for it getting more rain. The temperature is warm most of the year but not horribly hot.
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• United States
18 Oct
@JudyEv ah, perfect climate then fer such growin'. i reckon i need to learn me more 'bout geography there'n australia, lol.
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
@crazyhorseladycx We are such a big country we seem to have a great range of climates - as does the USA.
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@LadyDuck (306678)
• Switzerland
18 Oct
Interesting facts Judy, I did not know that so very few people live south of the Tropic of Capricorn.
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Oct
There is much more ocean than land which accounts for some of the low figures I guess.
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@LadyDuck (306678)
• Switzerland
19 Oct
@JudyEv I confirmed, I checked the map, almost only water and Antartica. that is not populated.
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• Shenzhen, China
19 Oct
it was quite cool experience crossing the Tropic of Capricom, is it very hot there?plus,"southern solstice" means it is daytime throughout whole day?nice landscape in your picture.
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Oct
It is quite hot in this area. The southern solstice is the time when there is 12 hours daylight and 12 hours darkness. I'm glad you like the photo.
@ptrikha_2 (26519)
• India
18 Oct
I think a lot of population in Africa and South America lives north of Tropic of Capricorn in Southern Hemisphere. Yet I expected a world population figure above 3% for South of Tropic of Capricorn. Of course, not many people live in the frigid Antarctica- mainly the research teams. And 15 Metres per year seems quite significant. I also read somewhere that some Million years from now, the poles would be switched. We cannot be sure whether the human race or earth would still be existent after Million of years.
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Oct
There isn't much of Africa below the Tropic of Capricorn and there is also an awful lot of ocean whereas there are much greater land masses above.
@Shiva49 (17177)
• Singapore
18 Oct
Interesting to know these. Enjoy your outing.
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Oct
Thank you. It's been fun so far.
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@LindaOHio (49189)
• United States
18 Oct
Do they know why the latitude is moving northward?
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
I couldn't find out why that's happening.
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@just4him (223650)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
18 Oct
Only 30% is amazing. Love the picture. I didn't know the Tropic of Capricorn crossed Australia.
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Oct
Yes, it's a little bit north of the middle of the continent.
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@topffer (41242)
• France
18 Oct
Can we say that 100% of the population living South of the Tropic of Capricorn is in the Southern hemisphere ? I never crossed this one. I remember a sign telling "You are crossing the meridian of Greenwich." This one splitting the Western and the Eastern hemisphere does not move every year, however the International Reference Meridian used by maps and GPS since the 1980's is at about 100m of the meridian of Greenwich.
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
Haha, Yes I'm sure you could say that and no-one would dispute you.
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@xFiacre (8190)
• Ireland
18 Oct
@judyev Only time I crossed the Tropic of Capricorn (that I know of) was in Mozambique. Don’t think there was a sign thoughtfully placed by the side of the road though.
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@JudyEv (223954)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Oct
It's amazing what suddenly pops up on the side of the road and I don't have time to get my camera out.
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