I thought the same thing about the E instead of D, but the files are USGS Digital Elevation Models taken from the Texas National Resources Information website. DEM is some kind of standard format for these models. Thanks for the tip on splitting also. I've fixed it.
Re: (z) Re: Weird number formatting
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See, you need one of us old-timers for this kind of stuff. ;-)
In all likelihood, a Fortran program is producing that data. The variable in the program is declared DOUBLE PRECISION, and probably a D or G format is being used to print it. Just substitute E for D and you should be fine.