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3.8 km (2.4 miles) NNE of Kuldīga, Kuldīgas, Latvia
Approx. altitude: 32 m (104 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 57°S 158°W

Accuracy: 6 m (19 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 in forest, next to the Riežupe river #6: All GPS zeros! #7: The partially-collapsed bridge across the Riežupe river, about 800 m from the point #8: A footbridge across the Riežupe river (next to the partially-collapsed road bridge) #9: Fungus growing near the point #10: Fungus growing near the point #11: Fungus growing near the point #12: The "Ventas Rumba” (Venta Rapid) in the nearby town of Kuldīga

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  57°N 22°E (visit #4)  

#1: View North

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

28-Jul-2016 -- From now on, I’ll think of this Degree Confluence Point as the “Latvian Fungus Point”. Beforehand, I had expected just a typically boring forested Degree Confluence Point. And, admittedly, the point itself was rather boring; but what made it special was that - within the 100 m ‘confluence zone’ - I found several different types of interesting-looking fungus sprouting from the ground.

I reached this point by driving northwards on a narrow country road from the village of Mežvalde. From previewing satellite imagery, I had expected to drive over a bridge across the Riežupe river, to get close to the point. However, I discovered that the road was blocked (by concrete barriers) at 56.99462°N 22.01007°E - about 800 m from the point - so I parked there and started hiking. I soon discovered the reason why the road had been blocked: The bridge had partially collapsed! The bridge was not driveable, but I was able to walk across it. (There was also an adjacent footbridge across the river that I could have used instead.)

Continuing on foot, I took a narrow dirt path (that was being used by mountain bikers) towards the point. At its closest point, this path passed within 180 m of the point; here I started bushwhacking through the forest down the slope to reach the point.

Afterwards, I stopped by the nearby town of Kuldīga to visit the famed "Ventas Rumba” (Venta Rapid) - at 249 m, Europe’s widest waterfall (but only 2 m high!).


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#1: View North
#2: View East
#3: View South
#4: View West
#5: The confluence point lies in forest, next to the Riežupe river
#6: All GPS zeros!
#7: The partially-collapsed bridge across the Riežupe river, about 800 m from the point
#8: A footbridge across the Riežupe river (next to the partially-collapsed road bridge)
#9: Fungus growing near the point
#10: Fungus growing near the point
#11: Fungus growing near the point
#12: The "Ventas Rumba” (Venta Rapid) in the nearby town of Kuldīga
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