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.