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Germany : Niedersachsen

2.5 km (1.6 miles) SW of Achim-Bierden, Niedersachsen, Germany
Approx. altitude: 5 m (16 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 53°S 171°W

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#2: The Ceremonial Confluence Tree marks the spot, view to the south #3: View to the north #4: View to the east #5: View to the west

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#1: Mad cow disease, what's that?

(visited by Bernd Kuemmerlen)

20-Jan-2001 -- This is the confluence that I thought would become my first (as it is only 16.42 km from where I live), but it actually became my second after N54 E9.

After having studied Mapquest and some local maps, the site of the confluence looked very promising: it is located near a bend in the river Weser, which is the river flowing through Bremen just a few km further NW.

On this saturday afternoon, after some days of snow and drizzle, it began to clear up a little and the promise of sunshine made me get out to go confluence hunting. The map had shown a small road only 100 m from the CP, so I thought it should be easily accessible (as most confluences here in northern germany seem to be). I had to leave the car about 1 km before the confluence (at the old dike which protected the small town Achim from the occasional Weser floods) because the roads leading there were agricultural access only (and it was a nice winter day anyway, so a little walk was OK). On my way, I passed some people ice-skating on a small lake-like river (which seems to be an old part of the Weser river)... They didn't have any problems with going there by car. Anyway, unfortunately, the CP was not as near to the river as I had assumed from the maps, which made it not quite that interesting. Since this was just another barren wheat-field, I decided to plant a Ceremonial Confluence Marker Tree (which had been cut off a nearby hedge). I hope it gets to sprout some roots before the farmer returns in the spring...

On my way back I saw some galloway oxen which seemed to be quite interested in what I was doing and seemed to be quite happy despite all the problems with mad cow disease we have here in germany right now.

So, another one of those agricultural confluences captured. Again, this one might me a lot nicer in the summer. My camera (or the film) seemed to have some problems with the cold, the pictures came out a little dark and brown, I tried to brush them up a bit.


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#1: Mad cow disease, what's that?
#2: The Ceremonial Confluence Tree marks the spot, view to the south
#3: View to the north
#4: View to the east
#5: View to the west
#6: My trusty GPS12 again exposed to the elements
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