The Great Continental Slash

The Great Continental Slash

Saturday October 22, 2016 Written by Genevieve

The Slash

Known as "The Slash”, this gargantuan frontier stretches nearly 9000 kilometres from Maine to Alaska, snaking its six-metre-wide way through forests, mountains, inlets and even islands, most of which are extremely remote. So how the hell does anyone tend such an unruly garden? 

Enter: the International Boundary Commission, or the IBC.

The Slash

With its yearly tax-payer-funded budget of USD $1,400,000, the IBC has the gruelling task of adventuring out to every inch of The Slash and keeping is clear. That might seem like a big investment to make for the sake of keeping the lawns tidy, but authorities say that sending experts out to maintain it is important. The main reason? So anyone who happens upon the border knows full well they're about to cross it.

The Slash

The Slash

We're pretty impressed with the team's ability to carve a straight line throug the wilderness. But there’s just one teeny issue: when The Slash was created in the 1800s, it was plotted with inadequate cartography equipment. This means that, at certain points, it strays off course by almost 100 metres. That’s not too big a deal right now, but you could imagine things getting a little awkward if either side found themselves in a political climate that vested a lot of interest in maintaining precise borders. Ahem.

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