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near Blomdal, Västmanland, Sweden
Approx. altitude: 125 m (410 ft)
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Antipode: 60°S 164°W

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#2: View towards south. #3: View towards north. #4: View towards east. #5: I didn't have the patience to wait for a perfect display - but almost! #6: The remains of an old blast-furnace about 2 km from the confluence.

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  60°N 16°E (visit #2)  

#1: The confluence point, viewed in direction west.

(visited by Anders Ljungstrom)

15-Apr-2001 -- Easter Sunday was a wonderful spring day, with a completely clear sky and comfortable temperature. In other words, a perfect day for visiting a new confluence.

To get to the confluence 60N/16E, I had a very pleasant two hour car tour, with the roads in southern Sweden now completly free from snow and ice, and very few cars because of the holiday. The map (and MetroGuide Sweden) indicated that there is a road/path to a point only 300 m from the confluence. Fortunately it was open for public use, so the visit became quite effortless.

Like the three other confluences that I have already visited, also this one is situated in a forest. Normally it would have been quite a lot of snow in the forests at this time of the year, but since we had a very "bad" winter, there was no snow at all.

This part of Sweden used to be an important centre of iron industry, with hundreds of small mines, furnaces and foundries found everywhere. But about 50 years ago, they began to be closed down. So today we have only a very limited number of big iron works. On the way to the confluence, I passed the remains of an old blast-furnace that was in use until about 1950.


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#1: The confluence point, viewed in direction west.
#2: View towards south.
#3: View towards north.
#4: View towards east.
#5: I didn't have the patience to wait for a perfect display - but almost!
#6: The remains of an old blast-furnace about 2 km from the confluence.
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