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James Petersen
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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

In terms of the kinds of locations they describe, how is longitude and latitude different from the U.S. Public Lands Survey System?

To determine

The way in which the latitude and longitude are different from the U.S. Public Lands’ Survey System in terms of kinds of locations they describe.

Explanation

The United States use a different system apart from the latitude and longitude to locate land areas, which is known as U.S. Public Lands’ Survey System. The north–south lines are known as principle lines, and east–west lines are known as base lines. These divide the land into parcels.

The meridians are perpendicular to the base lines, but they are adjusted to accommodate the curvature on the Earth. The survey system forms almost square-shaped parcels of land called townships of 6 miles on a side that is la...

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