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Scroll Across the Globe With Mesmerizing Jefferson Grid Instagram Feed

Our latest Instagram addiction, spotted via the always-great BLDGBLOG, is an account called the.jefferson.grid, which simply posts a series of satellite photos depicting a single square mile of land, whether its the United States or overseas. The name of the account references the Land Ordinance of 1785, Thomas Jefferson's plan to bring order and understanding to the great swaths of new land the government had acquired in the Mississippi and Great Lakes region. Like the law itself, the images provide a feeling of orderliness and calm, filled with colorful patterns and quite a few right angles. While it appears to work like some satellite bot scanning the landscape, each well-composed picture suggests a more curated approach. The owner of the account, who wished to remains anonymous, spoke with The Weather Channel and said he looks for urban and rural sites with unique conditions, such as interesting color composition or manmade patterns; sometimes he'll pick a random spot on Google Earth, remove the layers of information, and just zoom in. He likes how the grid imposes a system, and how these different plots of land from different regions can fit together in his feed and "can easily become neighbors." We've rounded up some of our favorite images from this unique land survey below.

Anyone knows about grid planning in South America? #argentina #grid #aerial #photography #earth

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Canada

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Another one from #southamerica - 5x5 km #square in #bolivia. #aerial #photography #grid

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#american #grid #agriculture #landscape #aerial #photography #field #fields #yellow #brown #green #gold #america #usa #waterwheel

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#american #grid #baseball

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