Searching with Latitude

Ever wondered what the scene looks like at 47ºN latitude, 21ºE longitude? Or 42ºS 147ºE? Searching by geographic location, especially for areas in our examples (near Transylvania and Tasmania, respectively) isn't something you'll want to try with most search engines. But if you're just dying to get a look at 37ºN 109ºW (near the four corners monument in Colorado), The Degree Confluence Project is your search resource of choice.

The goal of the project is to visit each of the latitude and longitude integer degree intersections (confluences) in the world, and to take pictures at each location. There are 64,442 latitude and longitude degree intersections in the world (counting each pole as one intersection). Of these, 47,650 meet the goals of the project after removing many confluences near the poles. Of these, about 12,000 are actually on land, which the project either has or plans to catalog in its database.

The project welcomes submissions -- if you live near a confluence, or plan to travel near one, consider submitting your own photograph and story to the project.

The Degree Confluence Project

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About the author

Chris Sherman is a frequent contributor to several information industry journals. He's written several books, including The McGraw-Hill CD ROM Handbook and The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See, co-authored with Gary Price. Chris has written about search and search engines since 1994, when he developed online searching tutorials for several clients. From 1998 to 2001, he was's Web Search Guide.