15-Jan-1973 -- The Burgan (Burqān) Oilfield is mostly flat desert along a low ridge some 7 miles from the sea. However at its northern end there is a significant feature known as Wāra Hill, close to Oil Gathering Centres 11 and 19. Prior to the 1992 Iraqi invasion, this area was open and accessible to the public. Future efforts will need security passes to enter the Burgan Field, which has been fenced off since the Iraqi incursion a decade ago.
The picture here of Wāra Hill, which is very close to the confluence 29N 48E, was taken in January 1973. Without GPS and only local Lambert Coordinate and UTM maps to work with, I was trying to get close to 29N 48E and reckoned the Wāra Hill feature was it. As you will see from the attached UTM map (1963) with both sets of coordinates on it, we got it right to less than 5 km west of the Confluence. Wāra Hill is shown on the map as M16 (in the upper right corner) with an elevation of 340.5 ft asl.
The Trig Point visible on the summit is shown in close up in Picture #2, taken in April 1970 with my four sons draped about it for effect. The flat terrain in the background is desert turned green by Cyperus sedge after spring rains.
Co-ordinator's note: To illustrate more clearly the uncertain situation that results from the above visit description, we added Photo 4, a portion of a satellite image (Source: NASA, approx. 1990). On the image there are marked waypoints based on the narrative information and the GPS photo of the 23-Aug-2001 visit, and the TWO hill features named "Tall Wārah" in the GEOnet Names Server list for Kuwait. Most probably, the visit as described above was directed to the southwestern (and only existing?) of these two Wāra Hill features, and this feature is located about 4.7 km (2.9 miles) from the actual confluence position. Nevertheless, this visit report was added as an attempt, because it may contain valuable information for future visitors.