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United States : California

3.4 miles (5.4 km) ESE of Arbuckle, Colusa, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 17 m (55 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 39°S 58°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 (towards the late afternoon Sun) #5: The confluence point lies in a farm field.  During this visit, the field had a crop of sunflowers. #6: All GPS zeros! #7: A close-up photo of the nearby Sutter Buttes

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  39°N 122°W (visit #7)  

#1: View North

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

28-Jul-2017 -- While on the way home from a mountain biking trip to Downieville (in the Sierra Nevada mountains), I passed through Marysville/Yuba City, and realized that - with just a short detour to the west - I could revisit this Degree Confluence Point (that I had previously visited back in June 2008).

Once again, I was able to drive along farm roads to a point just 100 m east of the point, which lies within a farm field. When I previously visited this point in 2008, the field was just bare dirt. Other visitors had reported a crop of wheat, the remains of a crop of carrots, and a field of grass (used for hay). This time, however, the field was filled with a crop of sunflowers. California’s Central Valley is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the nation. It’s interesting to see how a single field can be used for such an eclectic range of crops.

Although this point is located within a flat field (within California's vast Central Valley), it is noteworthy for its proximity to the Sutter Buttes, which are a small range of eroded volcanic lava domes that stand out among the otherwise flat valley.

Previous visitors - including I - had wondered about the unusual name of the nearby town: College City. The town is far, far short of being a ‘city', and doesn’t have anything remotely resembling a ‘college’. The town’s Wikipedia entry now contains an explanation: The town was briefly the site of a small Christian College in the late 1800s.


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#1: View North
#2: View East
#3: View South
#4: View West (towards the late afternoon Sun)
#5: The confluence point lies in a farm field. During this visit, the field had a crop of sunflowers.
#6: All GPS zeros!
#7: A close-up photo of the nearby Sutter Buttes
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)