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United States : Texas

1.1 miles (1.7 km) S of Burlington, Milam, TX, USA
Approx. altitude: 144 m (472 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 31°S 83°E

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#2: Snow-on-the-Prairie, cyathium with pistillate flower setting fruit #3: GPS reading at the confluence #4: View from confluence along fence row toward the East and Texas Rt. 77 (10/1999) #5: Summer view of the confluence area (Summer 1999)

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  31°N 97°W (visit #1)  

#1: View from the confluence toward the north, Burlington water tower on horizon, juniper patch (10/1999)

(visited by Hugh Wilson, Toni Wilson and Amanda Neill)

08-Oct-1999 -- The general area of this confluence was located initially by Amanda Neill in early Summer of 1999 (see photo #5). The specific site was recorded in early October by Hugh and Toni Wilson during a Sunday drive from College Station, Texas north along the Brazos River Valley to northeastern Milam County. It is positioned on what was once a narrow (mostly along 97°W), southern extension of North American prairie into Texas, known as the 'black lands' prairie. The native prairie and its buffalo have been displaced by crops and cattle, and the confluence point is on a small rise near a fence row that separates its home Sorghum field from a hay pasture, both harvested on this warm October day (see photo #5 for the crop in flower).

A small, uncultivated depression about 50 meters north of the confluence carried, among a stand of Junipers, a few Snow-on-the-Prairie (Euphorbia bicolor) plants in flower (what appears to be a flower is actually a cluster of unisexual flowers known as a 'cyathium'). This is a remnant of once massive E. bicolor populations that probably produced an impressive Fall floral display across the southern plains.


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#1: View from the confluence toward the north, Burlington water tower on horizon, juniper patch (10/1999)
#2: Snow-on-the-Prairie, cyathium with pistillate flower setting fruit
#3: GPS reading at the confluence
#4: View from confluence along fence row toward the East and Texas Rt. 77 (10/1999)
#5: Summer view of the confluence area (Summer 1999)
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