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Aboard the ISS an astronaut noticed a checkerboard appearance along the Idaho Priest River.
Interestingly enough this checkerboard appearance was not coincidental. In the year 1862, the U.S government enacted the Pacific Railroad Act. This act enacted the transcontinental railroad, the earliest of which offered an agreement where the federal land of 10 square miles would be given for every mile of rail built, but federal land wasn’t given in a traditional sense.
Huge Checkerboard Pattern Seen Along Idaho River
The land would be given in a contiguous pattern, where federally owned land would be placed in-between forming a checker pattern. This is the origin of the checkerboard pattern, but the NASA website claims that the “white square areas are deforested areas covered in snow while the darker spots are locations that still have trees.” this is due to the fact that some of the spaces of land have been sold to logging companies. These companies have deforested some of the areas and left quite a few unique marks visible from space.
It’s interesting how it could take centuries to view older things from such a new perspective. A railroad deal made in the 18th century, now transcending to an intriguing checkerboard design seen from NASA’s space station. Will society look back to this time and view something unique about it? When society finds a new perspective from something older, it tends to contribute towards spreading a cultural trend. New found trends tend to leave marks on history and can be looked back on in the future. Having a change in perspective as a trend, in a weird way is almost like a paradox. A trend about changing perspective, in fact, does change the perspective of society. It’s always fascinating to see the changes society constantly makes. It’s also intriguing when society makes brand new discoveries.
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