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Germany : Niedersachsen

2.5 km (1.6 miles) SW of Achim-Bierden, Niedersachsen, Germany
Approx. altitude: 5 m (16 ft)
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Antipode: 53°S 171°W

Accuracy: 53 m (173 ft)
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#2: GPS Reading #3: Ground Zero #4: The Confluence Hunter #5: View to the South #6: View to the West #7: View to the North #8: View to the East #9: Beautiful timbered house #10: A Flooded Meadow

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  53°N 9°E (visit #7)  

#1: The Confluence

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

20-Mar-2009 -- This is the second out of six confluence points that I visited this beautiful sunny Friday in the eve of spring. The story starts from 53°N 10°E.

The hop from 53°N 10°E to this confluence took just one hour, because both confluences are well connected by the German Autobahn A7 and A27. At Achim North I left the highway, made my way through the beautiful town Achim and parked the car at its southern end where a sign prohibited driving any further, saying “Anlieger Frei”. From here, it was a pleasant walk of 1.1 km beeline distance to the point.

The confluence point turned out to be located in the middle of a grain field with young sprouts. The nearest I could approach the point was 53 m in order to avoid stepping on the young sprouts. Even if it looks like grass, I guess it is young barley or a related grain.

I also noticed some wind turbines from the confluence point. But this is nothing to be mentioned anymore – almost from all confluence points viewing wind turbines is possible in Northern Germany. I walked another way back to the car and continued to 53°N 8°E.

CP visit details:

  • Beeline distance from starting point: 66.7 km
  • Departure time: 8:46 am
  • Distance and time of parking: 1.11 km (9:48 am)
  • Time at the CP: 10:08 am
  • Minimal distance to the CP: 53 m
  • Position accuracy at the CP: 4 m
  • Measured height: 3 m
  • Vegetation: young grain field, framed by little trees and hedges
  • Distance to a road: 1.2 m
  • Distance to a track: 56 m
  • Distance to houses: 750 m
  • Topography: totally flat
  • Weather: sunny, 2° C (felt temperature)
  • Description of the CP: Located between the town Achim to the north and the river Weser. In the floodplains of the river Weser, which runs just 500 m to the south.
  • Given Name: The Weser Flats Confluence

Story continues at 53°N 8°E.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence
#2: GPS Reading
#3: Ground Zero
#4: The Confluence Hunter
#5: View to the South
#6: View to the West
#7: View to the North
#8: View to the East
#9: Beautiful timbered house
#10: A Flooded Meadow
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