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In Atenas, Costa Rica, the "dash dot dot dot dash" seems to be the centerline of rivers and streams but a a few locations, the same legend mark tees off from a stream then follows a winding road, jumps highways, and eventually rejoins with a different stream. The roads are not dividing lines between any jurisdictions or government authority areas. Any ideas what this is representing? An example: link text

asked 13 Nov '20, 19:43

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These are boundaries for cities/towns/municipalities. For example, here's the relation for San José, which corresponds to the lines you're seeing. It isn't uncommon for geopolitical boundaries to follow major waterways, which is why you see some of them running down the middle of rivers.

In the same area are other boundary lines using a "dash dot dash" scheme, which indicates a district/county (or in the case of Costa Rica, a canton).

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answered 13 Nov '20, 21:45

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Thanks Alester. Still quite odd. I know the area very well and cannot imagine what division is being noted ... but, this is Costa Rica and plenty of times government rulings leave everybody scratching their heads.

(13 Nov '20, 23:32) rengewwj

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The"i" button should show the map key/ legend.

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answered 14 Nov '20, 12:59

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