Re: UTM Vs. DMS Vs. Townships
Posted by Dezdan on May 08, 2002 at 17:42:08:
In Reply to: UTM Vs. DMS Vs. Townships posted by dave on May 08, 2002 at 13:01:53:
If someone told you to go to SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of section 16, township 11 South, range 43 East, you might want to take your hiking boots as they would be sending you to a canyon in the Grapevine Mountain Range about 3.22 miles southeast of Scotty's Castle. That is if you are talking San Bernardino Meridian. Think of it as is the US was covered with a big grid. Range would be your north to south lines, and Township would be your east to west lines. These major grids that are formed are then split into a smaller grid that consist of 36 sections, each a mile square. Then that mile square Section is cut into Sub-Sections, ranging in size from 160 Acres to 2.5 Acres. This type of coordinate system was used in older times, and is rarely used anymore as UTM and DMS coordinates are much easier to use. However, many old reports and books (including modern day BLM/USFS mining claims) use this type of system. It can always come in handy and can be learned in less then a day, especially when some one tells you to go to SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Section 16, T11S, R43E S.B.M.