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					Topographic Map Resources
How to obtain USGS Topographic Maps
   Download free traditional topographic maps in a GeoPDF format by going to the USGS Store
   (http://store.usgs.gov) and clicking on “Map Locator”. These are scans of existing paper maps.
   Download the next generation “US Topo” digital topographic maps from the same site. As of February 2011,
   US Topo maps are available for 20 states in the eastern and central U.S. Maps for the entire U.S. will be
   available by the end of 2012. Learn more at http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo
   Order paper topographic maps (traditional or US Topo) through the same Map Locator site at the USGS Store
   (http://store.usgs.gov).
   To browse popular thematic maps, go to the USGS Store (http://store.usgs.gov); click on “Education Products”.
   Questions? Need help on any USGS topic? Call 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747) or go to
   http://www.usgs.gov/ask



What’s New?
US Topo – The Next Generation of Maps                       Topographic Map Symbols
http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/index.html                    (Order a free hard copy at http://store.usgs.gov,
                                                            product #100799)
Scanning and Georeferencing Historical USGS                 http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/booklets/symbols
Quadrangles
http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2011/3009
                                                            Teaching with USGS Topographic Map Margins
                                                            http://education.usgs.gov/lessons/mapmargin.pdf
History
A 125 Year History of Topographic Mapping and               Map Margins (two-page version of the above)
GIS in the U.S. Geological Survey
http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/history.html                  https://my.usgs.gov/Public/CR-GIO/
                                                            GPSWorkshops/MapMarginInfo1.pdf
Topographic Mapping (historical reference)
http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/booklets/topo/topo.html       Topographic Maps Illustrating Physiographic
                                                            Features
History of the USGS Topographic Branch
http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1341                              http://www.nationalatlas.gov/100topos/index.html
                                                            http://rockyweb.cr.usgs.gov/outreach/
Historical Mapping Photographs                                featureindex.html
http://gallery.usgs.gov/search/Photos/topographic
                                                            Elevations and Distances in the United States
Interpreting Topographic Maps                               http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/booklets/elvadist/
                                                              elvadist.html
All about USGS Topographic Maps
http://topomaps.usgs.gov
                                                            Geographic Names
Map Scales                                                  http://geonames.usgs.gov/domestic/index.html
http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/factsheets/fs01502.html

U.S. Department of the Interior                                                            Science Education Handout
U.S. Geological Survey                                                                                September 2011
Coordinates, Datums, & Projections                      Magnetic Declination
                                                        http://geomag.usgs.gov/intro.php
Using Topographic Maps to Teach Coordinate
Systems                                                 Magnetic Declination Animation
http://education.usgs.gov/lessons/                      http://geomag.usgs.gov/movies/movies/
  coordinatesystems.pdf                                   index.php?type=declination&format=flash
Latitude and Longitude
                                                        Using Maps in Genealogy
http://www-atlas.usgs.gov/articles/
                                                        http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/factsheets/fs09902.html
  mapping/a_latlong.html

UTM Coordinates                                         Lessons and Activities
http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/factsheets/fs07701.html
                                                        Lessons for Exploring the Earth with Maps
                                                        http://education.usgs.gov/lessons.html
State Plane Coordinate System
http://www.usgs.gov/faq/?search=spcs&submit=            27 Ideas for Teaching with Topographic Maps
  Search&action=search                                  http://education.usgs.gov/lessons/
                                                          teachingtopomaps.html
Public Land Survey System
http://www-atlas.usgs.gov/articles/                     Topo Salad Tray Model – a Classroom Project
  boundaries/a_plss.html                                http://education.usgs.gov/lessons/toposaladtray.pdf

Principal Meridians and Base Lines                      Map Mysteries
http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/                  http://education.usgs.gov/lessons/map_mysteries.html
  cadastralsurvey/meridians.html
                                                        Map Adventures (Grades K-3)
Datum Shifts                                            http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/teachers-
http://thor-f5.er.usgs.gov/drg/datum_shifts_v2.pdf        packets/mapadventures

Map Projections Poster                                  What Do Maps Show? (Grades 5-8)
(Order a free hard copy at http://store.usgs.gov,       http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/teachers-
product #16573)                                           packets/mapshow
http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/MapProjections/
  projections.html                                      Exploring Maps (Grades 7-12)
                                                        http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/teachers-
Map Projections Article                                   packets/exploringmaps
http://www-atlas.usgs.gov/articles/                     Teaching with USGS Topographic Map Margins
  mapping/a_projections.html                            http://education.usgs.gov/lessons/mapmargin.pdf

Map Projection Publications                             Using Topographic Maps to Teach Coordinate
http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/factsheets/fs08799.html   Systems
                                                        http://education.usgs.gov/lessons/
                                                          coordinatesystems.pdf
Using Topographic Maps
Finding Your Way with a Map and Compass
http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/factsheets/fs03501.html

How To Use a Compass with a USGS
Topographic Map
http://education.usgs.gov/lessons/compass.html




U.S. Department of the Interior                                                       Science Education Handout
U.S. Geological Survey                                                                           September 2011

				
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