the Degree Confluence Project

Libya : Nālūt

135.1 km (83.9 miles) SSE of Ġadāmis, Nālūt, Libya
Approx. altitude: 654 m (2145 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 29°S 170°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: North #3: East #4: South #5: West #6: GPS screen #7: The Prepare2go team

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  29°N 10°E (visit #2)  

#1: General View

(visited by Sam Rutherford, Walid, Caroline Versele, Bruno Gruwez, Serge Van Hamme, Antoine Mommaerts, Thierry Claeys, Mike Boyce, Bea De Smet, Fleur Rutherford, Jax Fanshawe and Sulayman)

19-Mar-2007 -- Ten of us, mainly Belgian with a few English added for pure entertainment value (??) were heading for the Sand Sea when we realised we were passing within about 6 km of this Confluence. Our guides were mystified as to why we were disappearing into the horizon in one direction while they were trying to lead us another, but finally caught up with us only to be increasingly confused as we tried to explain in English, Flemish, and French the significance of a Confluence when neither of them spoke anything but Arabic.

In a classic hare versus tortoise scenario, our awesome Unimog was proud to arrive at the Confluence well before the others in their Land Rover and flash Toyota Landcruiser (sorry Mike and Thierry!). A rather excited paparazzi style session ensued where the one person in the group who hadn't even brought a GPS was photographed 'conquering' the important spot solely by virtue of her being the one driving the Unimog at the time.

There wasn't much to see here, it was incredibly flat stone desert but it was a fun, if slightly competitive, interlude on a fabulous exploring trip of Libya. We are all searching for excuses to revisit and a newly developed thirst for confluence hunting seems like a great one to take us back to the exhilarating dune driving, the stunning scenery, and the campsites under the stars.

Huge thanks go to Sam and Bea for an extremely successful trip, the Prepare2Go team will return.

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#1: General View
#2: North
#3: East
#4: South
#5: West
#6: GPS screen
#7: The Prepare2go team
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