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Saudi Arabia : al-Šarqiyya

17.9 km (11.1 miles) SE of Ġunān, al-Šarqiyya, Saudi Arabia
Approx. altitude: 0 m (0 ft)
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Antipode: 26°S 130°W

Accuracy: 10 m (32 ft)
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#2: View to the South of the Confluence #3: View to the West of the Confluence #4: View to the North of the Confluence #5: We almost got all the zeros... with the waves it's not easy! #6: Margot is happy to see what it is before she writes her article #7: Arch at the wheel of his motorboat #8: From left to right: Margot, Lise, Rory, Susan, and Marc in the foreground

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  26°N 50°E (visit #2)  

#1: View to the East of the Confluence

(visited by Marc Lamontagne, Lise Roussel, Arch Elving, Susan Elving, Rory Cessford and Margot Rawlings)

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12-Oct-2007 -- Ce fut presque par hasard que nous avons réessayé de joindre le point de confluence situé dans la baie de Half Moon, en Arabie Saoudite. Le point étant dans l'eau, et dans des eaux peu profondes, c'est un peu compliqué de s'y rendre sans encombres.

Marc avait tenté l'expérience l'été dernier, en voilier, en compagnie de son bon ami Arch Elving. Ils avaient atteint le point, mais n'avaient pour caméra qu'un téléphone cellulaire où les photos ne sont pas sorties assez bonnes.

Il y a quelques semaines nous avons reçu un e-mail d'une journaliste qui écrit pour l'une des revues d’Aramco (la Cie de pétrole saoudienne), et qui voulait interviewer Marc à propos de ce hobby qui consiste à se rendre où il y a des points de confluence. Par la même occasion, Marc lui a suggéré de faire l'expérience, ce qu'elle a accepté avec enthousiasme, et de là on s'est organisés pour y aller en bateau à moteur cette fois-ci, et avec 3 GPS et 3 caméras !

Ce fut donc le 12 octobre dernier que la courte promenade en bateau a eu lieu. Je dis courte car avec un moteur de 150 forces, on se rend au point de confluence en 15 minutes, alors que ça avait pris des heures à Marc et Arch pour s'y rendre en voilier !

English version

12-Oct-2007 -- It was almost by chance that we tried one more time to get to the confluence point in Half Moon Bay, Saudi Arabia. Marc went last summer by sailboat with his good friend Arch Elving. They had reached the point but they just had a mobile phone as camera. The pictures didn't come out very well.

A few weeks ago we received an e-mail from a journalist who writes for one of Aramaco's magazines (Aramco is the Saudi oil company), and she wanted to interview Marc about his hobby to go where there are Confluences. He told her that if she wanted to do the experience herself, she was most welcome, and she enthusiastically accepted. From then, we organized the trip with Arch's motor boat this time, and with 3 GPS and 3 cameras!

It was on 12 October 2007 that the short boat ride took place. I say short because with a 150HP engine, we got there in 15 minutes, whereas it had taken hours to Marc and Arch by sailboat!


 All pictures
#1: View to the East of the Confluence
#2: View to the South of the Confluence
#3: View to the West of the Confluence
#4: View to the North of the Confluence
#5: We almost got all the zeros... with the waves it's not easy!
#6: Margot is happy to see what it is before she writes her article
#7: Arch at the wheel of his motorboat
#8: From left to right: Margot, Lise, Rory, Susan, and Marc in the foreground
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  Notes
About 150 m from the coast in a bay of the Gulf.