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Brazil : Mato Grosso do Sul

9.1 km (5.7 miles) SW of Santa Luzia, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Approx. altitude: 168 m (551 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 18°N 125°E

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Eastern view #3: southern view #4: western view #5: 18S 55W confluence #6: GPS on 18S 55W #7: The team: frm left Allan, Yannick and Eric #8: Pantanal deer #9: Tapir

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  18°S 55°W  

#1: Nothern view

(visited by Eric Cavaloc, Yannick Balerin and Allan Bocchi de Carvalho)

03-Feb-2008 -- Allan and Yannick work on a rubber plantation in Itiquira, Mato Grosso, and I did technical assistance there, as in other plantations in the world. We decided to reach the 18S 55w point on Sunday; that point seemed to be closed to a small road, with a small trek in the bush.

We left the plantation at 11:30 AM and went from Ouro Branco to Sonora (MS) on the BR, then went about 40 km south to the Rio Jiquiri ; then we enter on the right side on the Transpantaneira road and drove about 40 km to arrive in the Fazenda Rancho Alegre; the road stopped there, and what we had assumed was a road on the satellite picture was indeed a fence in the middle of the pasture...
We asked permission to cross the fields to the cow boy responsible of the fazenda, and walked about 4 km in the fields until the end of the fence near a swampy area with Buritis (palm trees growing in the swaps); then we walked in a grassland between the water and a bushy forest until the point of confluence 18S 55W , we reached at 16:30 h ; a precision of 6 meters was shown by the GPS.

We have seen a lot of birds, a lot of Pantanal Deers grazing with the cattle, and 2 tapirs ! It was a great day !


 All pictures
#1: Nothern view
#2: Eastern view
#3: southern view
#4: western view
#5: 18S 55W confluence
#6: GPS on 18S 55W
#7: The team: frm left Allan, Yannick and Eric
#8: Pantanal deer
#9: Tapir
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