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Libya : al-Kufra

241.3 km (149.8 miles) ENE of Wāw al-Kabīr (Murzuq), al-Kufra, Libya
Approx. altitude: 290 m (951 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 26°S 161°W

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to North #3: View to East #4: View to South #5: View to West #6: GPS proof #7: Visiting party #8: Petrified wood at Jabal al-Ma'rūf #9: Approach with satellite map navigation (Source: MS Virtual Earth)

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  26°N 19°E  

#1: View from 100 m away

(visited by Wolfgang Seel, Albine Koerber, Tanja Scheiderer, Thomas Scheiderer, Mate Goergey and Hashmi)

29-Oct-2010 -- This is the first of four Confluences on this trip through the Libyan desert.

Though easily accessable, this confluence point lies far off the usual tracks. The barren landscape gives no reason to travel here except you work for an oil company, or are a fossil hunter.

For paleontologists the escarpment of Jabal al-Ma'rūf, also known as Dūr al-Ṭalḥa, 25 km south of the Confluence, is a top location to find a broad variety of flora and fauna fossils, even remains of large vertebrates as whales and crocodiles. To find these you obviously have to be a professional, as we weren't able to spot anything distinctive in the huge sediment layers except lots of petrified wood in excellent preservation state.

Continued at 24N 13E.


 All pictures
#1: View from 100 m away
#2: View to North
#3: View to East
#4: View to South
#5: View to West
#6: GPS proof
#7: Visiting party
#8: Petrified wood at Jabal al-Ma'rūf
#9: Approach with satellite map navigation (Source: MS Virtual Earth)
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