A tripoint, is a geographical point at which the boundaries of three countries meet. These can be on land (dry) or demarcated by rivers or lakes (wet). Tripoints can be easy to access or isolated, they can be marked with large monuments or not easily identifiable at all.
Example of a wet Tripoint
ATCZSK Austria – Czech Republic – Slovakia Tripoint is at the confluence of the Thaya and March Rivers. (Photo taken from CZ with SK to the right and Austria to the left. Visiting the tripoint involves a 5km walk along the Czech river bank. There are a few signs and statues at the Tripoint.
Example of a dry Tripoint
BEDENL is an extremely accessible Tripoint being very close to neighbouring towns and cities. The tripoint itself is close to the highest point in the Netherlands ( Vaalserberg 322.4m) and an observation tower and several restaurants and playground facilities.
|Number of tripoints in Africa||61||26||4||31|
|Number of tripoints in America||16||5||11|
|Number of tripoints in Asia||48||32||1||15|
|Number of tripoints in Europe||48||26||3||19|
|Tripoint VISIT Classes|
|Class B||Basically there. Successful attempt to reach wet tripoint by wading, swimming or canoeing.|
|Class C||Within 500m, visible|
|Class D||Distant. visible|
|Class E||Tripoint area visited but Tripoint not observed.|
|Source: Acroorca (2002) Published on Boundarypoint 12/07/2003.|
The International Standard for country codes and codes for their subdivisions is ISO 3166 this allocates a 2 letter designation to each country. Internal subdivisions have additional letters attached. For example Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic of) is KP whereas United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the ) is GB. The site will follow apply ISO 3166 in its labelling. More details are available here.
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