After someone else on the list gives you advice about the compass
declination, on the assumption that you've checked your work (the dimensions
as provided -- maybe even checking another source for the obvious errors),
I'd leave it alone, and make a note that helps your reader understand the
vagaries of the system and the results of human error.
That's what I did on the only one I've had occasion to publish so far.
Now, if Grampa's land is in the white area, I guess you're going to have to
go a bit further <G>.
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Marie Robinson
Sent: Monday, March 09, 2009 12:30 PM
Subject: [DMU] What would you do?
I have a large portion of my map here:
I'm trying to coordinate the beige and light green areas for near future
publication. I need some advice on what to do with the gaps. They are
caused by a variety of reasons I'm sure like compass declination, errors
that the surveyor made, etc. Some of the gaps look so simple to resolve but
it always ends up going to tracts that absolutely cannot be moved to close
the gap. Do I adjust some surveys to fit? How can I keep the map and the
surveys true if I do? You can see in the background the light township
borders. Some borders pertain exactly to a particular tract. I do check
gaps to see if maybe a tract belongs there but the adjoiners prove that
there are no missing tracts.
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