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United States : Arizona

5.0 miles (8.1 km) SE of Maricopa, Pinal, AZ, USA
Approx. altitude: 371 m (1217 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 33°S 68°E

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#2: A field of irrigated cotton #3: The GPS on the ground in its natural dry state #4: An R2D2-style pump slurping water from the ground #5: A reasonable temperature in Arizona

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  33°N 112°W (visit #1)  

#1: A canal, looking east from the confluence, carrying well water

(visited by Russ Cooper, Carol Cooper and Dale Keiser)

03-Jul-1999 -- On July 3 in Phoenix it was too hot for much hiking. Nearly four weeks had passed since any of us had been remotely close to a confluence, and we were understandably starving for adventure. We needed a confluence fix bad, but not at the expense of actually having to go outdoors. So we decided to undertake the world's first drive-by confluence visit.

33N 112W looked like a likely candidate. The map showed it to be right on a road, and only about 30 miles south of Phoenix. So we waited until about 4:00 PM to remove any doubt about whether or not it was hot outside (photo #5) and drove on wonderful paved roads directly to the confluence.

The ground at the confluence was in its natural dry state (photo #3), but immediately north of the confluence there was a nice field of cotton (photo #2). We saw lots of other agriculture in the immediate area, including some alfalfa, a few pecan groves and lots more cotton.

Canals (photo #1, looking east from the confluence) bring water to these crops. Some of it comes from from a group of six manmade lakes northeast of Phoenix. This particular canal carried well water, however, being slurped from the ground by a Model R2D2 pump (photo #4) a few hundred yards east of the confluence.


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#1: A canal, looking east from the confluence, carrying well water
#2: A field of irrigated cotton
#3: The GPS on the ground in its natural dry state
#4: An R2D2-style pump slurping water from the ground
#5: A reasonable temperature in Arizona
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