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Details for Benchmark: QE1615

N 44° 37.400 W 124° 02.633 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 13.76

Coordinates may not be exact. Altitude is ADJUSTED and location is SCALED. (more info)

Location:
In LINCOLN county, OR View Original Datasheet
Designation:
943 5380 D TIDAL
Marker Type:
tidal station disk
Setting:
galvanized steel rod
Stability:
Probably hold position/elevation well.

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Benchmark #826. 2:40 pm. Visited on an Oregon Coast 4-night stay.

[Photos:]
photoLocation
photoDisk

Recovered 943 5380 D in good condition near the wonderful Hatfield Marine Science Center.

We have the following changes to the 1988 description:

  • The mark is 89 feet north of the second light pole from the east end of the parking lot. (The old description regarding the distance from “most easterly 1 of 3 light poles” is no longer applicable.)

  • The mark is 20 feet north of the north edge of the asphalt parking lot (measured from the asphalt-curb interface point).

  • The mark is 2.0 feet south from an orange Carsonite-type witness post.

  • The PVC pipe protrudes from a portion of a wine barrel that has been inverted.

(Our Garmin nuvi 760 GPSr gave the location for QE1615 as: N 44° 37.405 W 124° 02.649 (with “14 Foot Accuracy”)).

[Photos:]
photoQE1615 - Disk - Newport Oregon
photoQE1615 – Disk.
Another photo of the disk after tarting it up a bit.
photoQE1615 - Eye level view.
Top of photo is approximately north.
photoQE1615 - Cap open.
photoQE1615 - Looking north.
Appropriate background for a benchmark photo.
photoQE1615 - Looking east.
Looking east down the berm. (Ignore the “T”-handle with the orange flagging – that is our probe, not a witness mark.)
photoQE1615 - Looking north-northeast – wide.
Looking across Yaquina Bay. Yellow arrow points to mark.
photoQE1615 - Love this picture.
943 5380 D in the sunset with the NOAA witness post in the foreground and NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer in the background.

I was down in Newport with a group of Boy Scouts this weekend and decided to hunt a few Benchmarks. Went home and looked at the pictures to verify that I found the right one.

[Photos:]
photoThe Location
photoa close up

Handheld GPS N44 37.405 W124 02.648 (NAD83)

Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gpaulson/tags/qe1615/

N 44° 37.274 W 124° 02.510

Most unique so far. It is easy to see as the base is half of a whisky barrel. Then a PVC cap. Several easy to find marks close by along with three geocaches.

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1981 by NOS (MONUMENTED)
01/01/1988 by NGS (GOOD)
DESCRIBED BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1988 3.2 KM (2.00 MI) SOUTH FROM NEWPORT. 1.8 KM (1.10 MI) SOUTHERLY ALONG U.S. HIGHWAY 101 FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH U.S. HIGHWAY 20 IN NEWPORT, THENCE 1.2 KM (0.75 MI) NORTHERLY ALONG A PAVED ROAD, THENCE 0.2 KM (0.10 MI) EASTERLY ALONG A PAVED ROAD AND VISTORS PARKING LOT, ON TOP OF A BERM ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE PARKING LOT FOR THE OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY MARINE SCIENCE CENTER, 20.6 M (67.6 FT) NORTH OF THE MOST EASTERLY 1 OF 3 LIGHT POLES IN THE PARKING LOT, AND 3.4 M (11.2 FT) NORTH OF THE NORTH EDGE OF THE PARKING LOT. NOTE--THE DISK IS ENCASED IN A 4-INCH PVC PIPE WITH CAP. THE MARK IS 0.6 METERS W FROM A WITNESS POST THE MARK IS 0.6 M ABOVE THE PARKING LOT.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were scaled from a topographic map and have an estimated accuracy of +/- 6 seconds.
  • The orthometric height was determined by differential leveling and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in June 1991.
  • This Tidal Bench Mark is designated as VM 1059 by the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.
  • The dynamic height is computed by dividing the NAVD 88 geopotential number by the normal gravity value computed on the Geodetic Reference System of 1980 (GRS 80) ellipsoid at 45 degrees latitude (G = 980.6199 gals.).
  • The modeled gravity was interpolated from observed gravity values.

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