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Burkina Faso

9.3 km (5.8 miles) N of Logué, Boucle du Mouhoun, Burk. Faso
Approx. altitude: 296 m (971 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 13°S 177°E

Accuracy: 10 m (32 ft)
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#2: On the numbers! #3: Looking southeast from the Confluence (note evidence of bush fires) #4: This bush is growing right out of the confluence point. #5: Some donkeys grazing (or trying to) near the Confluence #6: End of the line for the little Citroën, 700 meters from the point

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#1: Looking northwest from the Confluence

(visited by J. Baker Hill)

13-Jan-2001 -- I had to make a trip from Ouagadougou, where I live, up to Tougan, in the northwestern province of Sourou. As always I scanned the map for any Confluences I might visit, and found 13N 3W some 11 kilometers southeast of Tougan. It looked to be about three kilometers off the main road, which I thought might present a problem as I wasn't able to take a four-wheel drive vehicle, but I determined to walk it if I couldn't reach it any other way.

Nearing the Confluence some three hours from Ouagadougou I saw the Samo village of Kassan, which I figured might have some farm trails leading to the general area of the confluence point. The first trail I took eventually led north instead of northeast as I desired, so I turned off and struck out along a donkey-cart trail. I was able to get within less than a kilometer of the point in the car, so I parked it under a tree and started off on foot with 750 meters to go. The "bush" was not thick and I was able to keep a fairly straight line, following by turns the map page, the direction finder, and the coordinates page of my GPS III+.

Upon arrival I was able to get the "zeros" to show without much trouble and determined that there was a scraggly bush growing right out of the Confluence. The general area was uncultivated bush, but had been burned recently as it is not too far from a village. I keep hoping I will find a picturesque Confluence but there isn't much hope of that in this part of Africa. It seems most of the ones I have done are about the same; either a farmer's field or flat terrain with scraggly bushes. I will keep looking, though!


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#1: Looking northwest from the Confluence
#2: On the numbers!
#3: Looking southeast from the Confluence (note evidence of bush fires)
#4: This bush is growing right out of the confluence point.
#5: Some donkeys grazing (or trying to) near the Confluence
#6: End of the line for the little Citroën, 700 meters from the point
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