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Saudi Arabia : al-Hudūd al-Šamāliyya

38.7 km (24.0 miles) SW of al-Duwayd, al-Hudūd al-Šamāliyya, Saudi Arabia
Approx. altitude: 496 m (1627 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 30°S 138°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the North #3: View to the East #4: View to the South #5: View to the West #6: GPS reading #7: New rig road close to the Confluence

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  30°N 42°E (visit #2)  

#1: General view of the confluence area

(visited by Milosz Biedrzycki)

10-Nov-2009 -- On the way back from a rig drilling for oil in the area, I made a small detour to the Confluence. There is a new rig road in the area, built for the access to the rig.

The rig road starts from a small blacktop road, which in turn starts from the main TAP-Line highway approx. 140 km from Rafḥā' in the direction of `Ar`ar. The small blacktop is signposted al-Duwayd. For the rig road, turn right from the small blacktop approx. 35 km from the TAP-Line higway (30°03'27"N 42°07'30"E). The rig road brings you to within approx. 10 km from the Confluence. Just turn off when you feel like and explore local Bedouin tracks to get to the actual confluence point. It's good fun!

(Note: TAP-Line is the Trans-Arabian Pipeline, which was once connecting the oilfields of eastern Saudi Arabia with Mediterranean ports in Lebanon. It is now defunct and being gradually dismantled, but still an engineering landmark and an interesting part of regional history).


 All pictures
#1: General view of the confluence area
#2: View to the North
#3: View to the East
#4: View to the South
#5: View to the West
#6: GPS reading
#7: New rig road close to the Confluence
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