the Degree Confluence Project

Germany : Niedersachsen

2.0 km (1.3 miles) SSW of Munster-Alvern, Niedersachsen, Germany
Approx. altitude: 86 m (282 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 53°S 170°W

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: GPS Reading #3: Ground Zero #4: The Confluence Hunter #5: View to the South #6: View to the West #7: View to the North #8: View to the East #9: The Rental Car

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  53°N 10°E (visit #8)  

#1: The Confluence

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

20-Mar-2009 -- This is the first out of six confluence points that I visited this beautiful sunny Friday in the eve of spring. On the previous day, I had participated at the Workshop on Positioning, Navigation and Communication in Hanover. My friend Holger would celebrate his 40th birthday on Saturday in Göttingen – so between those two events I had a day to spend in Northern Germany. So, I decided to follow my hobby and go line hunting.

I left a car-rental with a small personal car in Hanover City at 7:30 a.m. I followed the Autobahn A2 towards Hanover, left it at Soltau-South and reached shortly after the confluence point which is just 12 m from a country road. I parked the car in a distance of 500 m and walked to the exact location. The confluence is down a slope from the elevated road. I crossed a ditch filled with water and located the point on a forest track that runs parallel to the road and ditch in a deep spruce forest.

I wish I had taken gloves with me. Due to the clear sky, the temperature had dropped down to -4° Celsius during the night. Holding GPS and camera began to be painful.

I walked and drove back the same way that I had come and continued to 53°N 9°E.

I did not try to visit as many points on a day as possible since I was alone and would need some breaks after a while. Therefore, I did not hurry. But I also tried to avoid spending my time with other activities during the daylight hours.

CP visit details:

  • Beeline distance from starting point: 71.2 km
  • Departure time: 7:30 am
  • Distance and time of parking: 496 m (8:22 am)
  • Time at the CP: 8:35 am
  • Minimal distance to the CP: 1 m
  • Position accuracy at the CP: 6 m
  • Measured height: 84 m
  • Vegetation: deep spruce forest, also stone pines
  • Distance to a road: 12 m
  • Distance to a track: 1 m
  • Distance to houses: 130 m
  • Topography: generally flat apart from the escarpment to the road.
  • Weather: clear, -2° C (felt temperature)
  • Description of the CP: Located between Hamburg and Hanover. 11 km east of the town Soltau. Directly next to a country road.
  • Given Name: The Steep Escarpment Confluence

Story continues at 53°N 9°E.

 All pictures
#1: The Confluence
#2: GPS Reading
#3: Ground Zero
#4: The Confluence Hunter
#5: View to the South
#6: View to the West
#7: View to the North
#8: View to the East
#9: The Rental Car
ALL: All pictures on one page