DM-46 - Systematic methods

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Learning Objectives: 
  • Describe the historical context of the USPLS
  • Discuss the consequences of the USPLS with regard to public administration (i.e., zoning)
  • Explain how townships, ranges, and their sections are delineated in terms of baselines and principal meridians
  • Illustrate how to quarter-off portions of a township and range section
  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages of systematic land partitioning methods in the context of GIS
  • Differentiate the USPLS from the geographic coordinate system
  • Describe the New England Town partitioning system
  • Compare and contrast the United States Public Land Survey System (USPLS) and the Spanish land grant and French long lot systems