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France : Centre

1.2 km (0.7 miles) W of Les Orties, Loiret, Centre, France
Approx. altitude: 167 m (547 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 48°S 177°W

Accuracy: 16 m (52 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Looking North #3: Looking East #4: Looking South #5: Looking West #6: GPS displays #7: Map and Track #8: Water tower #9: Collection of plants and animals #10: The horse head pump #11: Reflecting on 14 successful visits.

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  48°N 3°E (visit #5)  

#1: The Confluence 48°N 3°E is at the crossing of the diagonals

(visited by Henk Pouwels)

28-Jul-2007 -- Following the “autoroute” A6 in NW-direction from Beaune (Burgundy) to Paris I took exit 17 (Courtenay) for the “route national” N60 direction Montargis / Orleans, see map with my track in bright green.

At that time the N60 was upgraded to 2 x 2 lanes. Due to the roadwork’s I missed the first exit to Courtenay. The next exit brought me to the village looking desperately for petrol. Guided by my Garmin12 I left the village by the local road D162 and simply found the DCP after driving 8.5 km and two right turns. The car was parked in front of an oil pumping station 120 m West of the DCP. Walking through an empty meadow, witnessed by a number of cows in the other meadow, I walked to the DCP and stopped at the edge of a field with the winter variety of cereals at 15m of the confluence of 48°N and 3° East. Because 15m is well within the 100m limit there was no need to trample the vegetation although it is nice to acquire 10 zero’s at the display. The Estimated Position Error reported by the GPS is 5m, so the overall accuracy of this visit is SQR(5*5+15*15) = 16 m. Altitude is reported 171 m.

The DCP is in the foreground, at the crossing of the diagonals of the image. The four North, East, South, West show an agricultural countryside with patches of trees, farms, meadows and arable fields. The West-photograph shows my car in front of trees; to the right of the car the horse head pump is visible, which can be seen in more detail. In Dutch, my native language, a horse head pump is called “Ja-knikker” which means “Nodding Yes”. A water tower is in French “Chateau d’Eau” which translates into “water castle”. It is a good beacon to the DCP; on the map it is marked by a blue dot.

My collection of plants and animals of this DCP.


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#1: The Confluence 48°N 3°E is at the crossing of the diagonals
#2: Looking North
#3: Looking East
#4: Looking South
#5: Looking West
#6: GPS displays
#7: Map and Track
#8: Water tower
#9: Collection of plants and animals
#10: The horse head pump
#11: Reflecting on 14 successful visits.
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