Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Lewis & Clark go digital

So did you get a new GPS device for the holidays?  How about a digital camera?  If you did get these items (or you already had them), consider taking a trip to one of the 12,511 remaining confluences to be found on the Degree Confluence Project.  According to the project a "degree confluence" is defined as:
"the exact spot where an integer degree of latitude and an integer degree of longitude meet, such as 43°00'00"N 72°00'00"W. The project uses the WGS84 datum to define the confluence location."
The premise behind the project is to digitally capture an image of every degree confluence and host them on the website, along with some information about the particular confluence.  There are very specific rules and process to follow, so if you're game be sure to check the project website.  All 12 of the degree confluences in my state of Pennsylvania are already captured and verified; in fact, over 800 of them in the United States are already on the website.  For those who travel far and wide abroad however, there are plenty of land-based confluences to be captured.  So grab your digital gear you explorer wanna-be's and look for the imaginary lines!  I wonder if this project will spur any camera & GPS convergence devices....

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