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United States : Nebraska

9.6 miles (15.5 km) SW of Alliance (Box Butte), Morrill, NE, USA
Approx. altitude: 1269 m (4163 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 42°S 77°E

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Quality:

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#2: View East #3: View South #4: View West #5: Ground cover at the point #6: All zeros! #7: The yucca(?) plants growing on these sand hills have interesting-looking seed pods #8: These five deer were watching me from atop the confluence sand hill as I approached

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  42°N 103°W (visit #3)  

#1: The confluence point lies near the top of a sand hill.  (This is also a view to the North.)

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

12-May-2019 -- I had been looking forward to visiting this point, as it (unlike so many points in this area) was not located in flat farmland, nor was it close to a road. Furthermore, it had not been visited since Joseph Kerski’s visit more than 13 years ago.

I started my hike by parking on the side of US-385 at [41.98265,-102.96478], 2.2 miles southeast of the point. (An alternative starting point - which would have saved me about 1 mile of hiking each way - would have been from Wayne Road to the north. This is the route that the two previous visitors took, but I wanted to avoid disturbing cultivated fields in private farms.) From my starting point on US-385, my first mile of hiking was along a doubletrack farm path, in empty ranch land. I then crossed a barbed-wire fence that separated the ranch land from the wild sand hills. I was now hiking across the sand hills proper. During my hike, I saw several deer. In fact, as I approached the final hill (where the Degree Confluence Point is located, just on the other side), I saw a herd of 5 deer watching me from the top of the hill. Of course, they ran off before I could get close.

The point is located just below the top of a sand hill running roughly North-to-South. The vegetation here is not particularly diverse - mostly grass, although there were several yucca (I think) plants growing. These plants had sharp tips to their leaves, and interesting-looking seed pods.

Here is a video that I recorded at the confluence point. (I didn’t bring my drone with me on my hike, so this is not an aerial view.)


 All pictures
#1: The confluence point lies near the top of a sand hill. (This is also a view to the North.)
#2: View East
#3: View South
#4: View West
#5: Ground cover at the point
#6: All zeros!
#7: The yucca(?) plants growing on these sand hills have interesting-looking seed pods
#8: These five deer were watching me from atop the confluence sand hill as I approached
ALL: All pictures on one page