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By Nancy Jack Todd

A strikingly unique method of ecological layout, in keeping with greater than a decade's pioneering learn on the New Alchemy Institute on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Nancy Jack Todd and John TOdd, the founders of recent Alchemy, describe a spectrum of cutting edge experiments integrating small, self adapting platforms with 21st-century biotechnologies to create a blueprint for a sustainable destiny.

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As an advocate for taking advantage of whatever geographic barriers Mother Nature might offer, Holdich believed that disputes arising from vague terminology are best resolved by a neutral demarcation commission authorized to make adjustments in the field and redraw the map as needed. He favored lines that were clearly visible, easy to mark, and difficult to cross. For helping settle numerous boundary disputes in Asia and Latin America, Holdich was awarded a knighthood and elected president of the Royal Geographical Society.

And continued to acquire tribal land. S. Geological Survey topographic quadrangle map of the area, published in 1895 at 1 :62,500, ignored the Oneidas’ 32 acres as did the most recent revision, issued in 1955 at 1 :24,000 (fig. 9, left). But 23 years later, the New York Department of Transportation, which had started its own statewide series of quadrangle maps, included the “Oneida Indian Nation Reservation” on a map at the same scale (fig. 9, right). Although most reservations are far larger, a 32-acre tract is not too small for a boundary line on a large-scale map.

Canada, Australia, and Western Europe, which are well ahead of the United States in showing accurately surveyed boundaries on large-scale “cadastral maps,” are moving toward electronic land-registration systems that represent land parcels as polygons and corners as pairs of (X, Y) plane coordinates. When these systems eventually replace deeds and monuments, buying land will be no more complicated than buying a used car. Moreover, the homeowner with a highly precise handheld GPS (global positioning system) unit can quickly determine whether a fencepost or rosebush is on her own property or a neighbor’s.

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