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Libya : al-Wāhāt

203.2 km (126.2 miles) NNW of Zīġan (al-Kufra), al-Wāhāt, Libya
Approx. altitude: 189 m (620 ft)
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Antipode: 27°S 159°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: North view #3: East view #4: South view #5: West view #6: Garmin position #7: The Confluence team

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  27°N 21°E  

#1: General view

(visited by Nageco Survey 201, Tariq Arabi, Mustafa Saad, Ahmed Abuktif and Fouzi Omran)

29-Dec-2005 -- NAGECO (North African Geophysical Exploration Company) works in the seismic industry as a geophysical seismic sub contractor to the main oil companies that work in Libya. The confluence team that recorded this point works with NAGECO Crew 201.

In addition to the NAGECO personnel the team was pleased to have Ahmed Abuktif who is a representative from the WAHA Oil Company. WAHA is the Libyan National Oil Company's largest oil producer and for whom Crew 201 is working. Crew 201 is a mobile crew and travels with a totally self sufficient camp from prospect to prospect in the continued search for oil.

The team departed from base camp at 6:00 a.m. after loading the two four-wheel-drive vehicles with extra fuel, extra spare tyres, and survival equipment. A meeting the previous day had ensured that someone in base camp knew the proposed route to the confluence point and the expected time of arrival back to the camp. The confluence point was 200 km from base and the route crossed open desert consisting of flat gravel plains. We were able to drive on a constant bearing for the whole journey and arrived at the site at 10:05 a.m.

Although the pictures look all the same on all four points of the compass, it is still an amazing experience to be standing in an area of pure silence and isolation and to turn through 360 degrees and see not a single manmade feature on the horizon.


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#1: General view
#2: North view
#3: East view
#4: South view
#5: West view
#6: Garmin position
#7: The Confluence team
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