Monday, November 09, 2009

The Transmission Lines

The gash under the transmission lines is a dominant feature in some areas here where I live. But I don't find it ugly. I don't even think that clearing the right of way for the lines destroys habitat. The area around the lines is a fascinating look at how plants and animals succeed each other. When the area is cut, geographic features stand out clearly. The lines are so prominent that I have traced this gash on Google maps. Click on my map and then zoom in to see the detail.

View Power LInes in a larger map

I wanted to extend my map to all of New England but such a map is not available to the public. There is a generalized map of the US power grid (from

If you are also interested in the power grid, read Electricity in NH — The Power Grid at Granite Viewpoint. In this article, I found a link to ISO-New England:
New Hampshire's power grid is managed by a non-profit Regional Transmission Organization [wikipedia link] called ISO New England Inc. (ISO-NE). ISO-NE manages the power grid for New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
The ISO-NE site is full of information about all facets of energy in New England. I have a lot of reading and learning to do.

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  1. I don't find it ugly, either. It is interesting how the plants are growing back.

  2. I agree that the slashes can be very interesting ecologically and I like to explore them sometimes.

  3. Over here the gashes are ugly, because often there is no vegetation, just barren looking sand. However, they also come in handy as fire breaks during the bush fire season, which is now.

    Those are pretty gashes...I wouldn't mind them if ours looked like that.


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