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France : Alsace

3.3 km (2.1 miles) WNW of Schleithal, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
Approx. altitude: 157 m (515 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 49°S 172°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Looking North #3: Looking East #4: Looking South #5: Looking West #6: GPS on top of a GeoCache at the Confluence #7: The picnic table, the parking, and wood anemones #8: The dirt road at the east side of the confluence in spring time #9: Landscape which can be seen by crossing the 'main' road

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  49°N 8°E (visit #4) (secondary) 

#1: The Confluence, this is the same birch of visit 3, picture 1

(visited by Henk Pouwels)

07-Apr-2003 -- Although on a business trip I drove almost like on holiday from the Netherlands to the South of Germany. By just entering some kilometres into France I could visit this confluence. This region is a mix of agriculture and wine culture, both at the German and the French side of the border. To the North beautiful forests surround castles which are built on giant rocks overlooking the surroundings. To the East is the Rhine valley, which I crossed to continue my trip into the Black Forest.

The confluence is another candidate for the 'most easy to access confluence' if you are satisfied with the 100 m limit. However to get the All Zero's Display you have to enter a rough area with hostile plants and shrubs. Finding the confluence, (see photograph 1) my attention was drawn to a pile of wood which didn't look natural. And indeed I had spotted a GeoCache (some days later I found another one at 49°N 9°E without looking for it). Photograph 6 shows the GPS on top of the GeoCache, packed in plastic. The display is only 3.5 m in error, indicated EPE was 3 m.

After taking the usual North, East, South, and West photographs (see 2, 3, 4 & 5), I struggled out of the little wilderness. Lucky to me it was springtime with a lot of flowers around and the nettles just starting for their stinging two meter full summer length.

The convenient picnic table, the parking, and my car can be seen in photograph 7. The insert shows the wood anemones which flowered in abundance around the confluence (Anemone nemorosa). The type of landscape is shown in the last two photographs (8 & 9).


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#1: The Confluence, this is the same birch of visit 3, picture 1
#2: Looking North
#3: Looking East
#4: Looking South
#5: Looking West
#6: GPS on top of a GeoCache at the Confluence
#7: The picnic table, the parking, and wood anemones
#8: The dirt road at the east side of the confluence in spring time
#9: Landscape which can be seen by crossing the 'main' road
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