Degree confluenceA confluence is a flowing together; a meeting place (often of rivers). A degree confluence is the exact spot on the surface of the earth where an integer degree of latitude and an integer degree of longitude intersect.
Organised sampling of the earthThe goal of the Degree Confluence Project is to visit each of these invisible lines of latitude and longitude integer degree intersections throughout the world and to take photos at each location. The project can be regarded as an organised sampling of the world. There is a degree confluence within 79km of you if you are on the surface of the Earth. There are 16,298 degree confluences to visit after you discount all the confluences in the oceans and some near the poles.
Globe after Charton, 1988
On the transparent globe above you see an example of a degree confluence at 40° north 60° west.
Degree confluences in MyanmarIn Myanmar are sixty-five degree confluences of which many are on almost inaccessible spots. Until now I have visited not more than ten degree confluences in Myanmar. Click on any button in the first column of the table below to view the photos about that particular location and to read a short narrative about the visit. The table is sorted by date of visit.
Date of visit
|21° north 95° east||Nyaung U||3 January 2005||21°N 95°E (visit #2)||♦|
|17° north 96° east||Yangon||5 December 2005||17°N 96°E (visit #1)||♦|
|21° north 96° east||Meiktila||16 December 2005||21°N 96°E||♦|
|20° north 95° east||Magway||28 December 2005||20°N 95°E||♦|
|22° north 95° east||Monywa||5 January 2006||22°N 95°E||♦|
|21° north 97° east||Taunggyi||21 December 2006||21°N 97°E||♦|
|22° north 96° east||Mandalay||24 December 2006||22°N 96°E (visit #2)||♦|
|19° north 95° east||Pyay||12 December 2007||19°N 95°E||♦|
|20° north 96° east
||Nay Pyi Taw||4 December 2008||20°N 96°E||♦|
|20° north 97° east||Inle Lake Deep South||8 December 2008||20°N 97°E||♦|
Interview with Radio Netherlands WorldwideMaurice Laparlière, a reporter from Radio Netherlands Worldwide (the former Dutch world broadcaster) would like to make a report about degree confluence hunting. He had discovered my degree confluence visit 21° north 95° east on this website and contacted me by email asking if I was interested to be interviewed while searching for a degree confluence somewhere in The Netherlands.
We made an appointment and went with a tape recorder on the 3rd of May 2005 to make a degree confluence visit at 52° north and 6° east near the city of Arnhem in The Netherlands.
The interview was broadcasted worldwide on the 24th of May 2005.
Listen here to the interview (mp3 in Dutch)
Presented with the kind permission of RNW, the former Radio Netherlands Worldwide (Radio Nederland Wereldomroep)
Copyright © 2005, RNW
Wereldwijde speurtocht naar iets onzichtbaars (Dutch)
Republished with the kind permission of RNW, the former Radio Netherlands Worldwide (Radio Nederland Wereldomroep)