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Hi,

My name is John Watermolen and I am the GIS Specialist for the State of Nevada-Division of Environmental Protection. I have also worked for the USGS as a cartographer. I have been doing this for over 18 years.

I graduted in 1989 with a Degree in Cartography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have always been fascinated with Maps and actually choose this major while looking through the College Catalog. I love map design and map production.

I hope in the future to start my own map production/design company.

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John,
Welcome to the forum! It's great to have someone with your experience on board. Enjoy your stay! Erin



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Hi John, welcome to the forum.

Hmmm... with a name like that, you must have Dutch ancestors ;)
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I have done some family history and my family comes from Belgium. The are considered Flemish which I believe is heavliy influenced by the Dutch. Also there is a watermill and or painting that is somewhat famous called Watermolen (or some variation)

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John,

Flemish and Dutch are indeed almost the same language. I think you can even safely say that Flemish is a dialect of Dutch. And the watermill (Watermolen) sounds like something Breughel could have painted. I'm not that much into art :unsure:
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Here is the famous Watermolen Watermill link

http://collsemolen.dse.nl/colleng.htm

Van Gogh did the painting

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Intersting stuff. The next time I'm in the area, it's going on my "visit" list. I love old water mills as well as Van Gogh paintings.



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Hey John,

Welcome to the group.
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Doh... goes to show how much I know of art...

It's not too far from where I live actually. About 90 minutes driving I'd estimate.

Van Gogh is a bit of a hero in that area, Nuenen (where he lived for some time) is right to the east of it. Funny enough, he also lived in Zevenbergen for a few months, which is about 4 miles from my town. I found out when I saw a plaque on a building there. :blink:
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