We are not in Kansas.
The Term, Western, Northwestern and the Far
North Means Excitement and The Pioneer Criteria.
North of the Glaciers of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, 1,000 miles
North of Spokane to Manning Alberta.
Following Hwy
93 through the Columbia Ice Field to Jasper and on to Grand Prairie,
Alberta. The distance is 600 miles north of the Kingsgate, Idaho,
The Idaho border crossing, north and east of Spokane and on the edge
of the Mountain time zone is Grand Prairie, Alberta.
Hawk Hills is another 3 hours north or about 200 more miles to the
Ken Dechant farm.
At Grand Prairie, Alberta, The Brazil of the North…The Land of tall
trees, Coal, and Open Pit Mining, Oil and Gas, Lumber and Pulp,
Railroads and Giant grain farms, 15,000 to
35,000 acres. A new Dam on the Peace at Fort St. John.
The Highways have big names. The Edmonton Expressway is a fancy,
wide berth, four lane super highway all the way to Edmonton going
through the 100 foot trees of The Boreal Forrest.
From Grand Prairie it is 7 hours away to Edmonton. Which is like
going to Palm Springs when it is 40.F.
The Little Edmonton of the North, is Grand Prairie. If you come from
Calgary you had better hide that fact,
these producers are “Oilers”.
Go for Gold, Jump off point to Dawson City, 2,200 KM away. Canada,
Western Canada is “The Land of Big Thinking.”
Big and
Little Trucks.
Hauling 1267, crude oil from the wellhead , KW Cat, Tridem Power
Axles, 3 power axles for those that want to know, 7 total axles,
122,000 lbs. 600 hp Cat.
This is an average truck and must be used for tight quarters,
8 axle Super B is real common with twin 9,000 gallon barrels…
Up to 12 axles for machinery hauls with 8 axle super Bees for Grain
at 122,000…at 155,000 to 225,000 for heavy haulers moving drilling
equipment with special permits.
Rocky Mountain Doubles and Super B’s are 900 hp Cummins.
Look at the Tridem Tires, traction Only,
and in really good shape. Tires
just melt away and at 50% rubber depth the
used tires are takeoffs.
No such thing as an F150 at Grand Prairie,
that would be an engineering afterthought. Even the boss
agrees, I will drive the biggest and the
best.
Everything is new, and the Old Pickup
truck is 5 to 7 years of age and off the depreciation schedule.
Little Trucks start at F350 size. Little Big Truck are full deck
with protection from the wildlife. Set up with the cold weather
package and burning winter diesel now.
The dealerships have very few cars for sale,
and sell and service trucks from
7:30 AM to 7:30 PM.
Grand Prairie is 56 degrees North at 2,500 feet
and roads go to 5,000 feet towards Grand Cache and Hinton.
The light of the operating day is about 8:00 AM at Grand Prairie.
Ken Dechant at Hawk Hills and the Peace River, 1,500 feet elevation
at KD Farms, (Peace River at 850 feet). The Peace flows to the
artic.
At 225 miles north to Hawk Hills from Grand Prairie. The Longitude
is 58 degrees North, the Light of the
operating day is 9:00 AM on October 18, 2017.
Northwest Territories starts at 60 degrees North and another 165
miles north. Land of the Polar Bears and big mines,
even diamonds.
Exactrix
Mustang, 61.25 feet, Exactrix 2KC Series 3, 2KM Series 3 and 2KR
blender, Three Product blending with advanced control from Deere
Series 4000 series. Fall Banding at Grand Prairie.
625 hp…high performance Delta Track,
Versatile. Deere Auto Steer under a state of adjustment in the
transition mode.
Mustangs operating in Gumbo Clay….an old lake bed of the present
Bear Lake. Located in sight of Grand Prairie. Tobin Dirks and Robin
McKeeman take on the Canola field on Oct. 20, 2017.
Tracks are important in Gumbo, Wet Clay. The machine did a fine job,
some improvements always in the first 50 hours.
Blaine
Richter of CPS, Sexsmith, Alberta,
starting out a custom application program with Exactrix TAPPS.
This is
highly productive land with OM starting at 6% and long term
Notillage at 9% to 10%.
Does not take much to raise a good crop. TAPPS Formulator. Exactrix
Mustang Banding.
Tracks are
working well.
Big loads at 90,000 lbs.
4 section
design.
15 inch band centers.
Place Your
Bets, tighten your seat belt. It is
snowy and slick.
Going over the Columbia Icefield on 93.
Nobody is out there.
The big tourist attraction of Canada, and
rightly so.
The
Athabasca pass is 6,800 feet, actually the
Bow Pass is a little bit higher at 6, 850.
About 9:00 AM and 2 hours south of Jasper. The rivers
leave the mountains at about 3,200 feet. The peaks go to about
11,000.
The Columbia Icefield feeds the Columbia River, The Athabasca River
and The Saskatchewan River.
Howse Pass is just to the south where David Thompson crossed over
into the Columbian River Basin in 1806.
The Bow River starts in its own Glacial field about 60 miles further
south and close to Lake Louise.
Kootenay
Range, Mt Wardle.
Big Fires this year in British Columbia took
a massive toll on the timberlands and the habitat. The fires were
hot.
Google earth says that Mt. Wardle in the
Kootenay range is 5,200 feet, about 1 mile, up from my camera on the
Kootenay River. About 9,200 feet and the river is 3,924.
How wide is
a line of latitude or a Parallel?
About 69.43 miles, just under 70 miles,
or 111.132 KM.
KD is 58 degrees, GJS is 48 degrees roughly. That is about 700 miles
by the Canadian Goose if we set a vector.
The earth is not flat and it is not round
either.
The distances of Longitude lines vary a
small amount.
That means as you go further north each degree has a little more
distance.
Between 30 degrees North and 60 degrees North the width of the
latitude increases about ½ per cent.
A parallel width is 110.852 KM is 30 degrees at Austin, Texas. The
parallel width increases at 60 degrees North.
Manning Alberta is 58 degrees North. Thus a line of Longitude
or a Parallel is .56 KM wider.
So traveling at 110 KM/hour it will take more time by 33 seconds to
get across a parallel at 58 degrees North as compared to traveling
from Austin Texas at 30 degrees towards Killen, Fort Hood Texas at
31 degrees, from 30 to 31 degrees it
does not take as long by 33 seconds as compared.
From Austin to Hawk Hills, Ken Dechant,
about 1950 miles by the vector.
The
evaluation of the meridian distance integral is central to many
studies in geodesy and map projection. It can be evaluated by
expanding the integral by the binomial series and integrating term
by term: see
Meridian arc for details. The length of the meridian arc
between two given latitudes is given by replacing the limits of the
integral by the latitudes concerned. The length of a small
meridian arc is given by^{[4][5]}
δ m ( ϕ ) = M ( ϕ ) δ ϕ = a ( 1 − e 2 ) ( 1 − e 2 sin 2
ϕ ) − 3 2 δ ϕ {\displaystyle \delta m(\phi )=M(\phi )\,\delta \phi
=a(1e^{2})\left(1e^{2}\sin ^{2}\phi \right)^{{\frac
{3}{2}}}\,\delta \phi }
When the
latitude difference is 1 degree, corresponding to
π/180
radians, the arc distance is about
Δ l a t 1 = π a ( 1 − e 2 ) 180
∘
( 1 − e 2 sin 2
ϕ ) 3 2 {\displaystyle \Delta _{\mathrm {lat} }^{1}={\frac {\pi
a\left(1e^{2}\right)}{180^{\circ }\left(1e^{2}\sin ^{2}\phi
\right)^{\frac {3}{2}}}}}
The distance
in metres (correct to 0.01 metre) between latitudes ϕ {\displaystyle
\phi } − 0.5 degrees and ϕ {\displaystyle
\phi } + 0.5 degrees on the WGS84 spheroid
is
Δ l a t 1 = 111 132.954 − 559.822 cos
2 ϕ + 1.175 cos
4 ϕ {\displaystyle \Delta _{\mathrm {lat} }^{1}=111\,132.954559.822\cos
2\phi +1.175\cos 4\phi }
The
variation of this distance with latitude (on
WGS84) is shown in the table along with the
length of a degree of longitude (eastwest distance):
Δ l o n g 1 = π a cos
ϕ 180 ∘
1 − e 2 sin 2
ϕ {\displaystyle \Delta _{\mathrm {long} }^{1}={\frac {\pi a\cos
\phi }{180^{\circ }{\sqrt {1e^{2}\sin ^{2}\phi }}}}\,}
A calculator
for any latitude is provided by the U.S. Government's
National GeospatialIntelligence Agency (NGA).^{[6]}
Historically
a
nautical mile was defined as the length of one minute of
arc along a meridian of a spherical earth. An ellipsoid model leads
to a variation of the nautical mile with latitude. This was resolved
by defining the nautical mile to be exactly 1,852 metres.
Your Great Northern Reporter.
GJS
