September 19, 2021

Learning About USGS Topographic Maps

In conjunction with the new age of technology, the USGS (United States Geological Survey) agency has developed a digital Topographic maps from U. S. Geographical surveys. For many years this agency has been involved in surveying the earth and mapping out its various features, as well as working on things such as monitoring earthquake faults, water sources and other things regarding natural land formations.

Topographic Maps

The digital topographic maps are precise in detail and are available at no cost on the Web. They are designed to look and feel like traditional maps produced by the USGS agency. However, they are featured to enable faster distribution to the public while presenting a basic analysis of geographic data.

These maps show all geographic features such as roads, contours, and other features which are found in the National Map. The Natural Map consists of data from state, Federal, local and other sources. That data has been carefully collected and recorded. This makes it possible for a person to selected any area or location to obtain the information they are seeking. Whether one is going on an outing, seeking a construction location, or just wanting a view of what the country is all about this is an excellent source of information.

One great advantage of these digital maps online is that a person can make selections of any specific feature and highlight it in order to view it more clearly. Maps can be printed in parts or in whole as desired. It is also possible to download analytical tools, for free, which will allow seeing features in a broader context. This fits in very well when a person is interested in a specific area and needs to know about its hydrographic, orthoimagery, geographic names or other specific information.

The distribution point for free downloads of these maps is the USGS store on the Internet. The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center is currently working on revising and enhancing the U. S. Topographical map. Work also continues to improve methods of presenting this information to the public.

There are many differences between the U. S. Topographic and other electronic maps. In addition to being able to use it on the computer and credit to scale, there is a continuous incorporation of additional data information. Users also have the opportunity to use various reference systems such as latitude/longitude, UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator) and the MGRS (Military Grid Reference System).

These maps definitely fit in with the current busy schedule of the individual. Rather than having to take time to go to a store and make a purchase, it is now possible to simply turn on the computer and print out any particular part of the map that is needed. These maps look and feel like any traditional topographic map while, at the same time, being available in any specific section desired.

This map’s prototype ‘Digital Map-Beta’ has been available since June of 2009 and has additional features that are revolutionary in map making. USGS is working diligently on this new feature, however at this time it only covers 17 states. Eventually this addition will be incorporated with the regular topographic maps.

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