the Degree Confluence Project


near Maranhão, Portalegre, Portugal
Approx. altitude: 94 m (308 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 39°S 172°E

Accuracy: 10 m (32 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: View to North #3: View to East #4: View to South #5: View to West #6: Visitors Michael and Lucy the Dog #7: GPS #8: Leaving at sunset

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  39°N 8°W (visit #2)  

#1: Confluence area

(visited by Birgit Herbers, Michael Deppner and Lucy the Dog)

05-Sep-2004 -- This is the second visit to this confluence and also our second confluence visit for this day. We started at 40N- 008W early afternoon and decided that we might have the possibility to visit 39N-008W before it gets too dark.

On the map it seemed to be easy and the pictures from the first visitor also promised an easy access. When we passed the nearest town Avis on the road 370 in direction of Pavia, the sun was hiding behind some enormous clouds on the western horizon and it got dark very quickly. We turned right at the brown sign with a fishing symbol saying “Barragem Maranhão” and followed the road. Being in a hurry and searching the right junctions to our aim got us to a dead end at the “Miradouro” – a panorama view point above the dam area of the water reservoir. Back we drove until we found a junction with a very tiny old sign, almost unreadable, that indicated the way to the village of Maranhão. After another 2 km we got very close to the point and then we saw a wide dirt track leading into the presumed direction. We just turn right again, heading into the corn fields and the farm at the end of the track.

Shortly before the farmhouses we reached 008W. So we walked the last few meters southward but didn’t get further without entering the high grown cornrows, from where you couldn’t take any pictures. With the rest of the daylight we took the GPS data and the four direction pictures and felt that this mission was as accomplished as possible under the circumstances.

Since it happens that the first visit was in the beginning of June and our visit in the beginning of September, I think it might be interesting to visit that spot again in the beginning of December and then in March. This would cover all 4 seasons and it is particularly nice to watch the farm changing throughout the year.

 All pictures
#1: Confluence area
#2: View to North
#3: View to East
#4: View to South
#5: View to West
#6: Visitors Michael and Lucy the Dog
#7: GPS
#8: Leaving at sunset
ALL: All pictures on one page