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Mapping Resources in Earth Sciences



Table of Contents:

Geologic Maps
  • Map Software
Topographic Maps
  • US Geographic Names
    http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnis/web_query.gnis_web_query_form
    Search this online index to identify specific 7.5" x 7.5" USGS topographic and quadrangle maps
  • USGS National Elevation Dataset
    http://gisdata.usgs.net/ned/
    View various layers of data from all over the US, creating informative and useful maps, which can be printed or ordered in CD format
  • TopoZone
    http://www.topozone.com/
    Retrieve interactive digital topographic maps of the United States
  • Microsoft TerraServer
    http://www.terraserver.microsoft.com/
    Resulting from cooperative research by the USGS and Microsoft Corporation, the TerraServer provides free online access to USGS digital aerial photographs, known as digital orthophoto quadrangles, and to digital topographic maps, known as digital raster graphics.
Miscellaneous Maps
  • Google Sky
    http://www.google.com/sky/
    The web-based version of Google Sky first available through Google Earth. Also includes links to Google Moon and Google Mars.
  • National Atlas of the United States
    http://www.nationalatlas.gov/
    Created by the U.S. Department of the Interior, this interactive map tool allows users to create their own maps of areas within the 50 states according to a number of variables, including geology, environment, people, agriculture and biology. You'll need a fairly up-to-date version of Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Communicator, but no special software.
  • National Geographic Map Machine
    http://maps.nationalgeographic.com/map-machine#s=r&c=41.04621681452064,%20-96.1083984375&z=4
    This is an interactive mapping program hosted by National Geographic. It incorporates elements of print atlases, plus many other features.
  • Odden's Bookmarks
    http://oddens.geog.uu.nl/index.php
    Produced by the curator of the Map Library at the University of Utrecht, this resource links to over 22,000 digital maps from around the world.
  • Paleomap
    http://www.scotese.com/
    Paleogeographic maps of ancient mountain ranges and shorelines, active plate boundaries, etc


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