SLC Degrees of Confluence #45 8S8W
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Confluence Point: 800 South 800 West
Shortly after I started geocaching, I also became aware of the Degree Confluence Project. The project's aim is to have people visit each of the integer degree intersections of latitude and longitude on Earth, posting photographs and a narrative of each visit online. The project describes itself as "an organized sampling of the world".
According to Wikipedia, "The total number of degree confluences is 64,442, of which 21,543 are on land, 38,409 on water, and 4,490 on the Arctic ice cap." The United States is home to 1100 primary intersections and Utah has 19. As of 27 Jan 2008, the following intersections remain to be visited and recorded on the website:
- Alaska 204 of 226 intersections unvisited
- California 2 of 52 intersections unvisited
- Hawaii 19 of 21 intersections unvisited
- Oregon 2 of 33 intersections unvisited
- Washington 1 of 23 intersections unvisited
There is a buoy anchored in the Gulf of Guinea at 0°0°. The visit to this site is still considered "incomplete" due to the fact that the picure was taken from a short distance of the intersection. Maybe you can be the first.
Salt Lake Valley Confluence Project
Since the streets of most cities in Utah are laid out in a grid patter, I decided to adapt this project to our state. The first phase of the project is centered on the Salt Lake Valley and will be extended to other areas as time goes on. The adaptation that has been made is as follows: Instead of mapping out every integer intersection in the valley, I will only map out every like integer intersection (e.g. 900 East and 900 South). Due to the origin point being at the northern end of the valley, there are surprisingly few of these. They are decreased further in number by the Avenues following a smaller grid layout than the rest of downtown.
Just as with the Degree Confluence Project, please take a picture of what you find at the intersection (not required). Surprise us with pictures of unique items or features of that intersection. An added bonus would be to take a picture of your GPSr at the posted coordinates displaying those coordinates.
Post all pictures to the website as part of your log.
Since there were existing geocaches at some of the intersections, the cache was placed as close as allowable by website rules. The photo of the intersection should still reflect the intersection itself, and not the cache coordinates.
As always, please exercise stealth when retrieving the cache. Be aware of private property nearby. Above all, have fun!!.
Important Note: In the interest of safety, the caches were not placed a the center of the intersection. In most cases, they are located on one of the corners. Please do not attempt to play tag with the automobiles in the intersections.
At no time will you be in harm's way when retrieving the cache. If you know of any points I may have missed, let me know so that I may place a cache there also.
Congrats to Lord Mot on the FTF!!!
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