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In a past effort, various federal agencies created a set of codes with a purpose similar to the GNIS codes. The following reflect those changes:. This location is simply a point on the map and does not represent the size or shape of the feature.
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The location of Corton. These names and identifiers are definitive and it is intended that they are to be used by all departments of the Federal Government: The following reflect those changes: