the Degree Confluence Project

Libya : al-Wāhāt

61.6 km (38.3 miles) SE of Marsā al-Burayqa, al-Wāhāt, Libya
Approx. altitude: 8 m (26 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 30°S 160°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: East View #3: South View #4: West View #5: GPS at 30N 20E #6: Confluence Team #7: Confluence Team #8: Bird Nest #9: Position

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#1: North View

(visited by Vjeko Saravanja, Mustapha Saad, Jan-Ole Robertz and Moates al-Amouri)

02-Dec-2009 -- Nageco is a seismic company working on major oil exploration projects across Libya. As our present camp location is some 65 km from an as-yet unvisited confluence point, the Survey Department of Nageco Crew 206, Vjeko Saravanja and Mustapha Saad, decided to visit that point accompanied by Countermine people, Jan-Ole Robertz and Moates al-Amouri, Nageco's subcontractor on our current project responsible to deal with UXO remains of combat operations during WW II.

Our trip to the confluence point started after lunch when we departed camp using two 4x4 vehicles. After approximately 20 kilometres we suffered a flat tyre due to rocky area mixed with sand, and we had to take tools and use the spare tyre to continue. The changing of tyre took us just a few minutes more than Formula 1 mechanics need to do that job. On our way to the confluence point through the Libyan Desert, a bird nest in the middle of nowhere was spotted and properly documented. Due to the rough terrain our speed was limited and for a distance of 65 kilometres we needed two and a half hours which caused some pain in our backs, and lot of funny complaints at Mustapha on why he chose the worst track on Earth to get us there.

However, the excitement was on maximum once when we reached the confluence point. When we had reached the point, we spent a few minutes to put the Garmin in the right position, as we were playing with fractions of a second. Once the Garmin was in the right position, we planted one long stake with flagging into the ground and our mission was done, and we were ready to take photos of the area and of the people. The area in the vicinity of the confluence point is open desert with no objects.

Our confluence point mission was a few weeks after the three national football teams of Croatia, Sweden, and Libya were eliminated from the next World Cup 2010 in South Africa, so we decided to conquer at least North Africa with the shirts of our national teams, but unfortunately only the Croatian national football team shirt was available.

Due to the many complaints on our way to the confluence point, Mustapha asked Vjeko to drive back to the camp just because he wanted to spend time on our way back laughing and complaining on my driving. But unfortunately for him and due to my great experience in seismic industry, I found an old seismic line cleared by bulldozer in the direction of our camp. So, I had to explain that if you want to find a good track you will find it, even if that looks sometimes impossible, but he was saying all the time only that lady luck had smiled at me.

 All pictures
#1: North View
#2: East View
#3: South View
#4: West View
#5: GPS at 30N 20E
#6: Confluence Team
#7: Confluence Team
#8: Bird Nest
#9: Position
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