+Zhanna Posted November 5, 2004 Share Posted November 5, 2004 One can never predict what rogue survey marks he may encounter while traveling in the backcountry. Best to be prepared! —“Hunting” an elusive USGS benchmark, ET 6.— —The mark hides in the brush.— —It tried to get away but we tracked it down.— —One shot, one kill!— —Wait a minute, this is stamped ET 5!— On a cold, windy day in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Rich and I set out to hunt down ET 6, a USGS electronic traverse station we'd spotted on some of our maps. It's located on State Game Lands near Archbald, PA. We had a pretty good idea where to find it, and figured we'd combine the benchmark hunt with a little squirrel hunting as well. Well, the squirrels were nowhere to be found (I suppose they were smart and stayed huddled in their nests, out of the cold) but we did track down the benchmark. Though we were frozen solid by the time we reached the mark, we managed to take a few photos and measurements, and we made an interesting observation: on our control diagram, this mark is labeled ET 6. The disk itself is stamped ET 5. We're waiting for word from USGS on where the error lies. This was quite an unusual "hunt"! ~Zhanna Quote Link to comment
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