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Ernmark

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    Thought I'd try to revive the old threads from a few years back (ok - a lotta years back)

     

    see:

    There's more, but here was the gist what may be from the first post in 2004 :

     

    "Some benchmark pictures are really excellent! Sometimes I "set as background" one for my computer for a while, until I find another really good one. I propose a thread here for posting really good benchmark pictures, either your own or someone else's.

     

    Contest rules: (yeah I know, I'm always proposing so many rules; ... anyway...)

     

    1. No intersection stations (the station IS the tower, building, etc.) Why? Well they all look pretty good, but they're not really all that 'benchmarky'.

     

    2. The disk has to be at least vaguely visible in the picture. No - 'view from', 'the area', etc. with no PID marker in it. Why? It's gotta be a Benchmark picture!

     

    3. It has to be a PID in the database, or at least one of its reference marks or its azimuth mark (in case they don't have their own PID).

     

    4. No closeup of just the disk. (Come on, it's just a disk - where's the nice scenery?)"

     

     

    ...anyone want to revive an old tradition?

     

     

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  2. Useful Links for US Benchmarks Category - 

     

    Benchmark Map Viewer - By Scaredy Cat Films - maintained by fellow GC member Monkeykat

     

    National Geodetic Survey Data Explorer (noaa.gov) - this is the viewer from the National Geodetic Survey

     

    Station Selection - NOAA Tides & Currents - also from the NGS - a great source of info on tidal benchmarks.

     

    BenchMap - Apps on Google Play - Benchmark App available in Play Store for Android users

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  3. Chapterbook - I'd be interested as well when you're ready. Again, thanks for saving as much of our benchmarking history as you did!  As others have said here & on the GC 'bad news thread' - there was a lot of useful, edifying, & entertaining information! ...and some fantastic pictures!

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    For those of you who are still fans of benchmarks & don't know about some of the other resources available to search databases - here are a few links to check out:

     

    Benchmark Map Viewer - By Scaredy Cat Films - maintained by fellow GC member Monkeykat

     

    National Geodetic Survey Data Explorer (noaa.gov) - this is the viewer from the National Geodetic Survey

     

    Station Selection - NOAA Tides & Currents - also from the NGS - a great source of info on tidal benchmarks.

     

    I'm thinking that those of us benchmarkers leftover from the purge on the Geocaching side can keep a thread or 2 going on over here!

     

    Edit -  also for Android users, there's a cool BM app - BenchMap - Apps on Google Play

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  5. Thanks for your work chapterbook - I went through my logs and grabbed the top dozen of so of my favorite logs, but I'm sure I missed many many more. I also tried to grab some of the forum topics in case they go away as there was so much interesting & historical information regarding marks from all over the country!

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  6. On 11/9/2022 at 10:42 PM, Keystone said:

    As a reminder, stories and photos about individual benchmarking adventures can still be posted to the Benchmarking Forum section.  A number of off topic posts have been hidden from view.

    U.S. Benchmarks leader over at Waymarking here again - so what happens to all the www.geocaching.com/mark links in the forums AND on the existing waymarks that reference them as well? I'd hazard a guess that 70% of the submissions on WM link back to the BMs on GC...

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  7. Shirley - I haven't been in there for a while - sorry to hear about John. I always looked forward to reading your logs...was like being part of the adventure! I hope the BM forum threads will continue to exist as a Waymarking topic. I'm going to have to quickly save logs & pics from some of my favorite Benchmark Hunts - would be nice to have BMs ported over to the Waymarking BM category.

     

    As the current leader of the US Benchmarks Category, I'll try to revamp & put in some more info on using resources that we collectively have all discovered & come to rely on in our benchmarking journeys...

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  8. I know Google's been upending everything - certainly looks like a good workaround if necessary. I've  also been seeing topo layers disappearing on other sites - have you had any issues there?

     

    PS - thanks for keeping the viewer up - I always check things out before visiting new areas!

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