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United States : New Mexico

6.6 miles (10.6 km) W of Laborcita, Socorro, NM, USA
Approx. altitude: 1704 m (5590 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 34°S 73°E

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View East #3: View South #4: View West #5: The confluence point lies on a sparsely-vegetated, rock-strewn hillside #6: All zeros! #7: One of the many patches of prickly pear cactus growing near the confluence point

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#1: View North

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

02-Oct-2015 -- Twice a year - in April and October - New Mexico’s "Trinity Site” (where the first atomic bomb was tested in July 1945) opens to the public. I was staying in nearby Socorro, New Mexico, in preparation for the October 2015 opening the next day. But of course, while I was in the area, I had to visit the nearby Degree Confluence Point - just to the west of Socorro.

This is an easy confluence point, lying just 0.25 miles from a road, in “The Box” recreation area (used by hikers and rock climbers). The confluence point lies on a rock-strewn slope, in sparsely-vegetated ‘badlands’ - with little growing except cactus, and a little grass. There’s a ranch nearby; I pity the cattle who have to graze such poor land.

Unfortunately, once again, a previous visitor has left a rock cairn to mark the point. I wish that people would stop doing this. Let’s leave these points in their original state, so we can better sample what they’re really like.


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#1: View North
#2: View East
#3: View South
#4: View West
#5: The confluence point lies on a sparsely-vegetated, rock-strewn hillside
#6: All zeros!
#7: One of the many patches of prickly pear cactus growing near the confluence point
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