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Saudi Arabia : Tabūk

5.5 km (3.4 miles) WNW of Libāna (Island), Tabūk, Saudi Arabia
Approx. altitude: 0 m (0 ft)
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Antipode: 25°S 143°W

Accuracy: 14 m (45 ft)
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#2: View to the West of 25N 37E #3: View to the North of 25N 37E #4: View to the East of 25N 37E with Libāna (foreground) and al-Hasāniyy Islands in the distance. #5: Snap from video of shipboard Funaro GPS at Confluence 24°59.9947'N 36°59.9941'E (upper left corner of display) #6: Scientific party, captain & crew, ship, and chart of the Confluence and reef study area. #8: View of waves breaking over the shallow reef 800 m to the south of 25N 37E

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  25°N 37°E (visit #2)  

#1: View looking SE at 25N 37E with Libāna Island (foreground right) and al-Hasāniyy Island in the distance.  Photo take from the bow of Dream Voyager.

(visited by Greg Gregory, Hussain Aly, Andy Jollands, Karl Leyrer, Pierre VanLaer, Tom Harland, Eric Mason, Michael Zinger and Saud Enazy)

14-Jun-2006 -- We visited 25N 37E on the morning of our final leg returning to the port of Umm Lujj, following a week of reef carbonate geologic studies in a pristine region 40 to 90 km north of the Confluence. This was our second visit to 25N 37E, having visited 6 days earlier during the northward transit aboard Dream Voyager on the 1st day of reef study.

Our June 14th morning departure point was from a calm over-night anchorage on the south side of Šaybāra Island, where we enjoyed beautiful scuba diving conditions on the previous day. We left Šaybāra at dawn heading south, and made good time crossing the open water running in the same direction as the waves and gentle wind. When we slowed down and made steering corrections during our approach to the Confluence, the erratic side-to-side boat rocking imposed waves of nausea on a couple of the shipboard scientists. We passed thru 25N 37E at 8:13 a.m. One of the more distinct stills from video of the ship's Furuno GPS shows that we passed within 14 m of the Confluence.

After we acquired photos of the surrounding area, Captain Johnny veered to a more easterly course to navigate around a large shallow reef located 800 m to the South. The new course and an increase in speed helped to stabilize the ship, and our suffering colleagues started to feel better. After dodging the shallow reef, we veered SE and enjoyed pleasant close-up views of the southwest flanks of Libāna and al-Ḥaṣāniyy Islands, before turning east and approaching the port at Umm Lujj.


 All pictures
#1: View looking SE at 25N 37E with Libāna Island (foreground right) and al-Hasāniyy Island in the distance. Photo take from the bow of Dream Voyager.
#2: View to the West of 25N 37E
#3: View to the North of 25N 37E
#4: View to the East of 25N 37E with Libāna (foreground) and al-Hasāniyy Islands in the distance.
#5: Snap from video of shipboard Funaro GPS at Confluence 24°59.9947'N 36°59.9941'E (upper left corner of display)
#6: Scientific party, captain & crew, ship, and chart of the Confluence and reef study area.
#8: View of waves breaking over the shallow reef 800 m to the south of 25N 37E
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  Notes
In the sea, but with a view of land.