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Portugal

6.1 km (3.8 miles) ESE of Campo Maior, Portalegre, Portugal
Approx. altitude: 212 m (695 ft)
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Antipode: 39°S 173°E

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#2: Looking east #3: Looking south #4: Looking west #5: GPS shot #6: Confluence hunters

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#1: Looking north

(visited by Ricardo Braga and Helga Soares)

19-Feb-2001 -- The confluence lies on a wheat field in the region of Alentejo. It’s actually very close to Extremadura, Spain. The most common landscape in this area is the "montado" or the Spanish "Dehesa". In the north view you can see the shape of the "Azinheira" tree (Quercus rotundifolia). I think the name of this species in English is Holm Oak. It’s one of the most common trees of "montado" along with Quercus suber (Cork Oak). Portugal is the world greatest cork producer. In the south and west views you can see an Olive Tree orchard (Olea europea).

Getting to the confluence was pretty easy. There’s a secondary road on the east side of the wheat field, 500 m from the confluence. The only problem we had was soil being too wet. By the time we got to the point we had about 1 kg of soil attached to each shoe. This winter was actually the wettest in the last 100 years!

We’re ready for the nest confluence.


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#1: Looking north
#2: Looking east
#3: Looking south
#4: Looking west
#5: GPS shot
#6: Confluence hunters
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