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LocalitiesWayne Co., Missouri, USA

9th Oct 2019 19:49 BSTJolyon Ralph Founder

There's a whole bunch of sublocalities of Wayne Co. that appear to be misplaced. I don't know why there should be so many compared to other counties, which all seem fairly well arranged.


9th Oct 2019 23:50 BSTKevin Conroy Expert


Jolyon, I just picked one at random (Tower Geo F. Land), and I may know what went wrong (at least with this location):

First, the name struck me as odd.   I think/hope that it was imported into mindat by a bot.   If a person added the locality they would surely realize that the person's name would be George F. Tower and unscramble it.

I checked the information for limonite, saw that the information came from the MRDS, then pulled the record:

On this page I checked the bibliographic reference.   It's the info above.

I plotted the approximate location on the Greenville SW, Wayne County, Missouri USGS quad, then went to Google Earth to get the coordinates in decimal degrees and degrees, minutes, seconds:

From here it was easy to go back and check these coordinates to the MRDS record.   The result - they don't match.   Somehow the MRDS coordinates shown are in error.   So, if all of the other suspect Wayne County locations were also imported by a bot (or by a person using the MRDS coordinates), the same situation may have occurred.

9th Oct 2019 23:50 BSTDavid Von Bargen Manager

Looks like a MRDS error. There are a couple of choices and Wayne seems to have picked the wrong one.

Mayberry tract

The PLSS given should plot out to -90.339 37.00 which does not agree with  their lat long. Checked versus National map.

10th Oct 2019 00:38 BSTPaul Brandes Manager

An MRDS error, surprising........ ;-)

10th Oct 2019 00:49 BSTChester S. Lemanski, Jr. Manager

You always have to be diligent when using the MRDS!!
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