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Burkina Faso

5.8 km (3.6 miles) ESE of Soumousso, Hauts-Bassins, Burk. Faso
Approx. altitude: 321 m (1053 ft)
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Antipode: 11°S 176°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the East #3: View to the South #4: View to the West #5: Paul and me on the point, and the coordinates #6: A termite mound close to the point #7: Fruits of a shea tree #8: Fruits of a néré #9: Burhinus capensis #10: Typical public transport on the road to Bobo-Dioulasso

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  11°N 4°W (visit #2)  

#1: The point and view to the North

(visited by Jean-Luc Frérotte and Paul Hien)

English version

Français

04-avr-2014 -- Après la visite du point 11°N 5°W ce matin, je continue avec mon chauffeur Paul vers le point 11°N 4°W en faisant une escale à Bobo-Dioulasso. Ce point n’a été visité qu’une seule fois en 2005.

Je prends la route R20 vers Diébougou. Juste après le village de Kiébalogo, et juste avant le barrage à droite de la route, une piste part vers le nord-est. Après 1,7 km, on gare la voiture à l’ombre, il reste 1 km à faire tout droit vers le point.

C’est l’après-midi, il fait très chaud, 43°C, on avance dans une plaine caillouteuse, c’est vraiment un four !

On arrive sans difficulté sur le point. C’est une vaste plaine où on cultive le mil. Il y a quelques arbres, surtout des karités, et des nérés (Parkia biglobosa) dont le fruit est utilisé pour faire la sauce soumbala. Quelques huttes utilisées par les paysans pendant la saison des cultures, elles sont vides maintenant. Quelques grosses termitières, qui peuvent faire plusieurs mètres de hauteur.

Juste pendant qu’on faisait les photos, un oedicnème du Cap (Burhinus capensis) s’est mis à marcher un peu plus loin. Tant qu’il ne bougeait pas, il était vraiment invisible dans le paysage.

English

04-Apr-2014 -- After the visit of the point 11°N 5°W this morning, I continue with my driver Paul towards the point 11°N 4°W with a stopover in Bobo-Dioulasso. This point was visited only once in 2005.

I take the road R20 towards Diebougou. Just after the village of Kiebalogo, but before the dam on the right of the road, a track goes towards North-East. After 1.7 km, we park the car in the shade, and we walk 1 km in a plain straight to the point.

It is the afternoon, the air is very hot, 43°C, we progress in a stony plain, it is really a furnace!

We reach the point easily. It is a vast plain where millet is cultivated. There are some trees, especially shea trees, and nérés (Parkia biglobosa) whose fruit is used to make the soumbala sauce. Some huts used by the peasants during the season of the cultures are around, they are empty now. Some large termite mounds, which can be several meters high.

Just while I was taking pictures, a Spotted thick-knee (Burhinus capensis) started to move a little further. As long as it didn’t move, it was really invisible in the landscape.


 All pictures
#1: The point and view to the North
#2: View to the East
#3: View to the South
#4: View to the West
#5: Paul and me on the point, and the coordinates
#6: A termite mound close to the point
#7: Fruits of a shea tree
#8: Fruits of a néré
#9: Burhinus capensis
#10: Typical public transport on the road to Bobo-Dioulasso
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