the Degree Confluence Project


4.1 km (2.5 miles) WSW of al-Kir`āna, al-Rayyān, Qatar
Approx. altitude: 56 m (183 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 25°S 129°W

Accuracy: 2.2 km (1.4 mi)
Quality: good

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#2: Not too far away #3: Satellite image

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  25°N 51°E (visit #5) (incomplete) 

#1: The red sign

(visited by Viet Nam and Minnie)

27-Jan-2007 -- This Confluence has been visited four times in the last 5 years by four different groups of people. It's just 200 meters off-road drive and the terrain is flat limestone desert. We have two 4x4 cars, that must be an easy target, and that was my thoughts. In addition, we have a great tool called Google Maps. The satellite images made me almost certain that this is just a piece of cake. I was thinking of celebrating my birthday on this Confluence, unfortunately, I was terribly wrong.

It's an easy drive from Dawḥa, we took the Salwā road that runs southwest toward the border with Saudi Arabia. The road is 4 lanes wide in each direction with very light traffic. It did not take very long before we came to the point where we had to leave the Salwā road and take a collector road for the last miles. The map we got and the satellite image clearly show there's a road.

We went off road for a short while and we found the road, it is still there but the junction was destroyed. There was an eye catching red sign on the right hand side. We got closer to the sign and became very disappointed: The road now leads to a military installation and we did not want to get into troubles. Why in the whole wide desert they chose this location?

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#1: The red sign
#2: Not too far away
#3: Satellite image
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