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Mali : Tombouctou

362.9 km (225.4 miles) SW of Taoudenni, Tombouctou, Mali
Approx. altitude: 308 m (1010 ft)
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Antipode: 20°S 174°E

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
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#2: Looking east (coming from Atar...) #3: Looking north (don't want to go there...) #4: Looking south (or there...) #5: Looking east (going to Bordj) #6: We got as close as...

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  20°N 6°W  

#1: General view: wind, sand and sky

(visited by Chris S)

15-Nov-2006 -- We stopped at 20N 6W (the border of Mali and Mauritania on some maps) on the way east from Atar in Mauritania to Bordj Mokhtar in southern Algeria, a 2000 km crossing of the so-called 'Saharan Empty Quarter' during which we saw no one and nothing much. As you can see from the photos, the Empty Quarter is aptly named - possibly the largest unbroken sand sheet in the Sahara.

From Bordj we continued east to Djanet on the Libyan border of Algeria, covering over half of the 5000-km width of the Sahara. We passed - or passed close to - several other Confluences during our crossing but for operational reasons it was not possible to hang about.


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#1: General view: wind, sand and sky
#2: Looking east (coming from Atar...)
#3: Looking north (don't want to go there...)
#4: Looking south (or there...)
#5: Looking east (going to Bordj)
#6: We got as close as...
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  Notes
The borderline with Mauritania is passing about 420 m west of the Confluence.