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Ghana

6.7 km (4.2 miles) SSE of Abesewa, Ashanti, Ghana
Approx. altitude: 278 m (912 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 7°S 178°E

Accuracy: 16 m (52 ft)
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#2: Looking to the north. #3: The GPS pinpoints the location. #4: Clearing a spot in the forest. #5: Friends from Nsuto join us at the point. #6: From the path, about 70 meters into the forest.

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  7°N 2°W (visit #1)  

#1: From the point looking south.

(visited by David Wood, Tamara Wood, Stan Friesen and Pat Friesen)

10-Jul-2005 -- After a meeting in Accra the previous week, we wanted to make the most of our 800 km return trip to Nalerigu. On the way back, we decided to visit as many of the confluence points as time would allow. This point was the first on our list.

We left Kumasi around 9 a.m. heading NW for 7N 2W. From the roadmap, it looked as if the point were in the village of Nsuto-ahafo. Arriving in the village, we were able to drive down a road to within 1.5 km of the point until we came to a locked gate. We got out of the truck to greet everyone there (most spoke English, although we also heard Twi). After exchanging pleasantries, we were taken to the 'Forestry Chief', Mr. John Hastings Darbo, and sat in his home. We explained the Degree Confluence Project and invited him to participate with us in locating 7N 2W.

We decided to walk on to the confluence point rather than driving the truck. The path led into the deep forest. We could hear chain saws in the distance; Mr John said that educating the people about deforestation is very difficult. The actual point was within 70 meters of the path. Two men had machetes and cut a path through the brush to take us to the actual spot. We marked it with a pole for the people to remember its location. While we were putting the pole in the ground, the villagers told us of a place in Ghana (in Kintampo) which marks the 'geographical center' of Ghana.

We must give a special word of thanks to the following 12 people who came from the village to help us locate the point: John Hastings Darbo, Nana Kusi, Samuel Twerefuo, Dickson Bawuah, Paul Otehene, Kofi Agyekum, George Owusu, Thomas Kwarteng, Ak Bona, Akzeneko Paul, Agyei Charles and Kwame Dabo.

Continued at 9N 1W.


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#1: From the point looking south.
#2: Looking to the north.
#3: The GPS pinpoints the location.
#4: Clearing a spot in the forest.
#5: Friends from Nsuto join us at the point.
#6: From the path, about 70 meters into the forest.
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