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public land survey system (PLSS)

A way of subdividing and describing land in most of the United States.Texas, Hawaii, and most of the original 13 states are not described by the PLSS.The system starts with a principal meridian, which is a north-south line.There are 37 principal meridians in the United States. Each principal meridian has a base line that runs east and west through it. Land is described as being east or west of the principal meridian, and north or south of the range line associated with that meridian. Land is typically divided into 6-milesquare townships.Townships are described with reference to their principal meridian and base line.

Example: A township “2 North, Range 3 East, Mount Diablo Meridian” would mean the township is in the second tier north of the base line, and the third column east of the Mount Diablo Principal Meridian.

Each township is then divided into 36 sections.Each section is 1 mile square and contains approximately 640 acres, makingallowance for unsophisticated measuring tools employed at the time of creation.

Sections may be further subdivided into quarter-sections (160 acres),quarter-quarter sections (40 acres),or any other mathematical subdivision.The gray square in the figure on the bottom right might be described as “the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of the southeast quarter of Section 14, Township 2 North,Range 3 East of the 6th Meridian.

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A map constructed using the mean well-to-structure ratio of approximately 0.5 shows that the estimated number of undocumented wells are evenly distributed around the county, ranging from 0-6 wells per 1-[mi.sup.2] PLSS section (Figure 2).
The time series of canonical correlation coefficient (Figures 4(a) and 4(b)) explains the significance of the two fields of variables over the 62 PLSs. Dashed lines represent the patternofPolarLowoccurrenceoverthe12subregions; meanwhile, the solid lines represent the MSLP pattern.
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The location of this weediest field was identified by respondents on maps, which supported fixing locations at accuracies of roughly quarter sections of the PLSS. This mapping was used to verify the location of sample points relative to the AMA boundaries.
Without a contract in place, the BSB would only have been able to use the forward support companies' and distribution company's PLSs, so the same amount of concrete would have taken 60 to 75 days to move.
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The landbase being used by both the city and county mapping units is based on the United States Public Land Survey System of Sections, Townships, and Ranges (PLSS) from the Initial Point on the GILA Meridian and Baseline, which governs land descriptions in Yuma County.
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For example, in Dane County, the relatively flat eastern part of the county has an almost uniform one-half mile grid of roads and field boundaries based on the Public Land Survey System (PLSS).