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Our November issue is distributing and it contains more great content for practicing surveyors. Our lead cover feature is about a cool project high in the Colorado Rockies. One of the authors, Robert Loane, has written for us twice before: HERE and HERE, and this installment is about a critical water project for Fort Collins.

Also in the new issue is a great John Stenmark article about global sea level rise. Whether you agree with the proposed solutions or not, we can see the effects of apparent climate change all around us. We've lived in Maryland since 1987, and this is the first summer we've had to run the airco 24x7 for nearly three months. More about the new issue in Spotlight below.

To see the flippy of the new issue click on the magazine cover, or scroll down for individual articles. As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you've got a story to share.

Until next time,

Marc Cheves, PS
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Thought Leader: The Mega Cities
A mega city is an urban area of 10 million population or more. The Economist "Pocket World in Figures" 2016 Edition lists 33 mega cities of the world from Bangalore, India at 10.1 million, thirty-third on the list, to number one Tokyo, Japan at 38.0 million. Two American cities are included on the ....
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Jason E. Foose, PS 
Decided Guidance: Case Examinations - Testimony
According to Black's Law Dictionary evidence is "Something (including testimony, documents, and tangible objects) that tends to prove or disprove the existence of an alleged fact." Black's also defines a fact as "Something that actually exists; an aspect of reality. Facts include not just ....
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Michael J. Pallamary, PS 
The Curt Brown Chronicles: The Surveyor and the Law
At the last annual convention of the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers,* in a discussion with W. F. Roberts, Director of Surveys, Province of New Brunswick, Canada, a comment was made that United States books pertaining to the legal elements of property ....
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Loane, Hall, & Chinn 
Tunnel in the Sky
Cameron Pass is a serene gap between the southern end of the Medicine Bow Mountains and the northern end of the Never Summer Range. Trans-mountain water began to stall in 2015 due to a large slow moving landslide and many options were ....
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John Stenmark, PS 
Monitoring the Oldest Datum
For thousands of years, sea level has served as an essential, visible physical standard that affects natural and human processes. But it's not a constant. Rapid, obvious changes in coastal water levels are caused by tides and storms ....
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Larry Trojak 
Putting a Lid On It
Buesing Corporation brings a world of specialty construction experience to projects in and around the Phoenix area, tackling everything from mass excavation to shoring and drilling to installation of solar panels. In that last area, Buesing ....
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Dave Lindell, PS 
Test Yourself: Maximum Distance
Let's say you and another person want to be as far away from each other as possible on this planet. Wherever one was the other would have to be at the antipode of the first, or at opposite ends of a diameter, say, 7,920 miles apart for this problem. If there were three of you desiring maximum ....
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Wendy Lathrop, PS, CFM 
Vantage Point: When Threatened, Sue
It isn't uncommon. In fact, it's common enough that it has a special name: SLAPP, or Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. The ploy is for someone with a vested interest in something to sue, or threaten to sue, anyone attempting to oppose that interest. Often, but not always ....
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feature As Robert Foster says in his Thought Leader, not only are the world's people moving to big cities, but 44 percent live within 150 kilometers of a coast. And more than half of Americans live within 50 miles of a coast. To me, the question is, what to do about climate change? My concern is that we will throw enormous sums of money at the problem only to see that it did no good.

Jason Foose continues with his case examinations. Jason was puzzled by my use of the term wacky when describing the testimony the judge received in the case. To me, not only was it ridiculous that the case made it all the way to the Arkansas Supreme Court, but to listen to all the parties as they sheepishly admitted they had acquiesced in the boundary for decades—until they found out the boundary location was wrong—struck me as wacky.

Rounding out the new issue is a Larry Trojak machine control article. Just as the Native Americans described the transit as the "thing that steals the land," technology is steadily chipping away at our traditional domain. And I also find it wacky that our response to this is "deer in the headlights." Also in this issue is a great Wendy Lathrop installment about our litigious nature, and another Curt Brown voice from the past, this time from 1964. Enjoy!

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