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United States : Maine

1.2 miles (1.9 km) W of East Corinth, Penobscot, ME, USA
Approx. altitude: 92 m (301 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 45°S 111°E

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#2: Mark as close as one can drive to the confluence

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  45°N 69°W (visit #1)  

#1: This is just about it

(visited by Mark O'Leary and Matt Lindley)

04-Apr-1999 -- Photo #2 is Mark with the DeLorme GPS receiver hooked up to laptop. This was as close as we could drive to the confluence. From here it's a hike. Ah, Maine in mud season!

Photo #1: This is just about it. By the way, you're trespassing on private property out here. We spotted a big, hungry-looking dog through the trees.

The Story: I'm a producer for the CBS-syndicated TV show, The Wild Web (http://www.wildweb.com). Matt is co-host (with the lovely and talented Beth Lahr) of this 30 minute, magazine-format show which covers entertainment, popular culture and what-have-you on the internet. CBS has put it in something like 140 cities nation-wide, so you should be able to see it almost anywhere you live in the US.

While on assignment for the show, we visited the DeLorme company in Yarmouth, ME (http://www.delorme.com). They gave us one of their GPS receivers to plug into our Compaq laptop, and we decided to play with it. I had come across the Degree Confluence Project on line awhile before, and since two of the ten Maine confluence points were on our itinerary for the story we were working on, we decided to participate.

We drove our rented SUV as far as we could in both cases, and we did secure landowner permission before crossing private property on foot. So, what's actually located at these two confluence points? Not much-trees, mostly. And mud. A lot of mud. But for a while, we were located there too.

Lessons learned: Maine is a beautiful place, but if you go confluence point-hunting in April, wear your high boots, because it's pretty muddy that time of year. Also, a GPS is a fun toy, but don't try to learn how yours works while flying down a narrow, bumpy country road in a four-wheel drive.


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