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Germany : Nordrhein-Westfalen

3.4 km (2.1 miles) W of Sassenberg, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Approx. altitude: 62 m (203 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 52°S 172°W

Accuracy: 8 m (26 ft)
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#2: Looking North #3: Looking East #4: Looking South #5: Looking West #6: GoogleEarth image with track, gps, and stone markers #7: Collection of plants and mushrooms #8: Warendorf facades #9: Solar panels everywhere #10: Solar puzzle guesthouse camping Münster #11: Route from 52N8E to camping Münster

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  52°N 8°E (visit #12) (secondary) 

#1: The confluence of 52° North and 8° East at 19 m

(visited by Henk Pouwels)

05-Sep-2013 -- This CP is sixth and last in a row visited in September 2013: 53N-12E, 53N-11E, 52N-11E, 52N-10E, 52N-09E and 52N-08E (this one)

Starting at camping Heidewald in Sassenberg it was only 5.5 km to the CP. I left Sassenberg at the west side via the K18 to Gröblingen. From the crossing with B475, follow the K18 for 2.7 km and turn into the 7th road right. All roads in this neighbourhood are called Gröblingen. If you reach the T-junction with the K51 you are 300m too far. After 290 m you see a big stone with the co-ordinate of the CP forged in iron.

For the WGS84 CP you have to continue another 200 m. The CP is in an asparagus field 19 m from the path. For the N, E, S, W photographs I had to raise my camera over my head to have a wider view over the field. Except for the temperature (over 30° C) I had no complaints over the weather. Typical flowers of an agricultural environment are shown in the top row of my collection of plants and mushrooms.

The mystery of the marker stone.

In former times in Germany the co-ordinates were calculated according to the Potsdam reference system. Later the European reference system EDP50 was applied. I plotted the CP’s according to Potsdam and to EDP50 in the detailed map and also the position of the marker stone and the WGS84 CP. It seems this marker stone is placed at a convenient location close to either the Potsdam or EDP50 based CP. There are more markers in the German fields, in general these markers are at 100-150 m Southwest of the WGS84 CP, see for instance my visits to 52°N 7°E and 51°N 6°E.

Looking for a cup of coffee I reached Warendorf, 5 km South of the CP. Warendorf is an old town with a lovely marketplace and a history going back to 700 BC. The variation in the design of the facades around the marketplace amazed me.

From Warendorf I headed for my next camping in Münster at 25 km, with halfway a break for a picnic lunch, here I photographed the mushrooms.

In Germany you see solar panels wherever you look. Most of the farmhouses and other houses with a large roof look like the farm close to the CP. The craftsmen who laid the panels on the roof of the guesthouse of the camping in Münster like puzzling.


 All pictures
#1: The confluence of 52° North and 8° East at 19 m
#2: Looking North
#3: Looking East
#4: Looking South
#5: Looking West
#6: GoogleEarth image with track, gps, and stone markers
#7: Collection of plants and mushrooms
#8: Warendorf facades
#9: Solar panels everywhere
#10: Solar puzzle guesthouse camping Münster
#11: Route from 52N8E to camping Münster
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