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Chapter 7: Survey Systems

7.11: Irregular Sections Northwest of Neepawa

The photo shows part of township 15 in ranges 16 and 17 WI located in the upper reaches of the Whitemud Watershed. Extreme variations in section shape can be seen; most of the section lines are not straight north/south or east/west lines, the extreme example being the boundary between sections 18 and 19 1. Quarter sections are not square; in fact, some are almost parallelograms 2.

In this area virtually all the land has been cleared for agriculture with just a few woodland patches 3. Intermittent streams flowing southeast drain much of the land 4. Soil erosion is a problem 5, and preventative measures have been taken: straightening stream courses 6 and grassing over waterways—dark-toned 7. The area is sparsely populated with farmsteads mainly along section lines 8, although one is more centrally located in its section with a long driveway leading to it 9. The CN line runs near the southern edge 10.

Figure 7.11: Irregular Sections Northwest of Neepawa

Figure 7.11: Irregular Sections Northwest of Neepawa

Figure 7.11

Vertical air photograph: A25799-186

Flight height: 9700 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 152.034 mm

Scale: 1:16,200 (approx.)

Date: July 5, 1987

Location: Township 15; Ranges 16 and 17 WI

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62J Neepawa

1:50,000 62J/5 Clanwilliam