05-Apr-2003 -- Heading south from along wandering tracks in the Gobi and nearing the Chinese-Mongolian border, some 80 kilometres away, the Hanbogd Area was my destination.
The Hanbogd is a very isolated area of granites with some unusual features. And even more attractive is that it is rarely ever visited except for the nomadic hersmen who graze sheep and goats in the harsh Gobi desert.
I was using UTM co-ordinates, but decided to switch to Lat-Long to see what was around, I found surprisingly that a confluence was very close by - less than one kilometre!
The area was full of contorted granite outcrops something like slag frozen in an instant, and preserved for all time. I walked towards the area and the ground opened up to more usual desert sands and black looking rocks, polished that way by eons of sand blasting creating the desert varnish so common to rocks out here.
Within five minutes I was there at the site. I had only a camera with slide film, not a digital. That was over a year ago, I've moved on, but have only recently been able to scan the slides. Here is the last of the confluences I saw in this magical place, Mongolia.