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Svalbard

54.0 km (33.5 miles) N of Nordkapp (Point), Svalbard
Approx. altitude: 0 m (0 ft)
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Antipode: 81°S 160°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View west #3: View north #4: View east #5: GPS 22.1 m north of confluence predicts passing within 0.6 - 3 m #6: Overview towards north from a point 800 m south of confluence #7: Overview towards SSE from a point 520 m north of confluence. Parry Islands to the left, confluence to the right #8: Confluence visitors, 2 fulmars

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  81°N 20°E (visit #1)  

#1: View south

(visited by Henrik Sunden)

15-Sep-2011 -- This confluence was visited while I was on board the expedition ship "Origo" on a photographic expedition to Svalbard and the waters around the archipelago.

The ship followed meridian 20E, which is depth sounded to make a safe route to the ice edge, which at the moment was at 82 degrees north.

The confluence was passed just before 8 o'clock in the evening at a speed of 8 knots. My GPS passed 0.002 arcminutes from the CP, which is 0.002 x 1852 x sin(9 degrees) = 0.6 m. The waypoint direction reading when I was 22.1 m before the closest point says 352 degrees, which will mean a crossing 22.1 x sin(8) = 3.1 m beside the confluence. So I use the GPS accuracy of 5 meters to show how close I was.

The visibility towards south was pretty good, so both the Nordaustlandet coast and the Parry Islands could be seen.

Several fulmars were following the ship, so they are confluence visitors too.

Since "Origo" followed the same meridian on the return south, the confluence was visited a second time 53 hours later.


 All pictures
#1: View south
#2: View west
#3: View north
#4: View east
#5: GPS 22.1 m north of confluence predicts passing within 0.6 - 3 m
#6: Overview towards north from a point 800 m south of confluence
#7: Overview towards SSE from a point 520 m north of confluence. Parry Islands to the left, confluence to the right
#8: Confluence visitors, 2 fulmars
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  Notes
In the ocean, but with a view of land