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Switzerland

1.9 km (1.2 miles) S of Marin, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Approx. altitude: 428 m (1404 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 47°S 173°W

Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: The proof thanks to the GPS #3: The staff (from left to right), Dominique, Claude, Magali, Babar and Jean-Pierre #4: The boat on the confluence point #5: Neuchatel lakeside #6: Towards the south

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  47°N 7°E (visit #1)  

#1: Towards the east

(visited by Dominique Wacker, Pierre and Magali von Ballmoos, Jean-Pierre Kuntzer and Claude Wacker)

28-Jan-2001 -- The first time we heard about "The Degree Confluence Project" was when Pierre (http://club.ib.be/pierre.cao), Dominique’s cousin from Belgium, saw the picture (5) of the Neuchâtel lakeside. We decided then, to embark on the adventure.

This view was taken on 5th October 2000 from the "Tour de Chaumont" situated above Neuchatel (http://www.ne.ch) at an altitude of 1200 m. We can see the lake of Neuchatel, the villages of Saint-Blaise (http://www.ne.ch/saint-blaise) and Marin (http://www.surface.ch/ne/neuchatel/marin-epagnier) (from right to left), the southern shore, the lake of Morat (http://www.mediatime.ch/stadt/murten/indmur.html) in the background and the Alps in the backdrop.

Pierre came to Switzerland (http://www.swissgeo.ch) to spend the Christmas and New Year holidays and we took advantage of it to mark out the place, on 5th January 2001. Unfortunately, we had to note that the precise point was on the lake, around 600 m from the shore.

It’s only a few weeks later, on 22nd January, that we were able to go to the precise place (off Marin), thanks to Jean-Pierre’s (http://www.kuntzer.ch/) kindness (a friend, winegrower and sometimes seaman) who took us on his boat from the harbour of Saint-Blaise (http://www.saint-blaise.net).

Jean-Pierre at the tiller, Babar and Magali with the GPS, Claude in an additional little boat and Dominique with the camera, the whole staff managed to immortalise the 47°N 7°E confluence point, at 1.35 p.m. on a beautiful winter afternoon.

Picture 1: The Mount Chasseral (http://www.zorro.ch) snow-covered above 1300 m and La Ramée an ornithological reserve.

Picture 6: The Mount Vully (http://www.vully.ch/vully-fr.htm) and the Alps.


 All pictures
#1: Towards the east
#2: The proof thanks to the GPS
#3: The staff (from left to right), Dominique, Claude, Magali, Babar and Jean-Pierre
#4: The boat on the confluence point
#5: Neuchatel lakeside
#6: Towards the south
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
In the Lac de Neuchâtel, about 470 m from the lakeside.