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United States : California

10.5 miles (16.9 km) ESE of Mojave, Kern, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 779 m (2555 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 35°S 62°E

Accuracy: 2 m (6 ft)
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#2: View North #3: View East #4: View South #5: Ground cover at the confluence point #6: All zeros!

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  35°N 118°W (visit #21)  

#1: The confluence point lies in the Mojave Desert, south of CA highway 58.  (This is also a view to the West, towards the Tehachapi Range)

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

08-Jul-2021 -- I had visited this point twice before, but my last visit was more than 11 years ago, so today - while driving from Bakersfield to Barstow - I decided to revisit it. It was a very hot day - 107F (42C) - so I was glad that, as before, there was a network of dirt roads that let me drive very close to the point, so I didn’t have to walk very far.

Fortunately, unlike my last visit, I didn’t see any markers or any other human artifacts at the point. Like so many Degree Confluence Points in the western US, there’s little here except thinly-spaced sagebrush. Nonetheless, this area - being close to Edwards Airforce Base - is steeped in history. If you’d been standing at this point on October 14th, 1947, you would have likely heard a sonic boom as Chuck Yeager became the first person to break the sound barrier. Because this point lies within military airspace, I wasn’t able to send up my drone to get an aerial view. Instead, I recorded a video at ground level.

Here is a (ground-level) video of this confluence point.


 All pictures
#1: The confluence point lies in the Mojave Desert, south of CA highway 58. (This is also a view to the West, towards the Tehachapi Range)
#2: View North
#3: View East
#4: View South
#5: Ground cover at the confluence point
#6: All zeros!
ALL: All pictures on one page