Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map

For science geeks, the United State Geological Survey (USGS) is a beloved and respected organization providing a source of thorough scientific research which delves into the subjects of geology, biology, geography, and water, among others.

An important and lasting project of the USGS has been their work with topographical and interactive maps. The Internet Archive houses a collection of more than 50,000 of their United States maps which are given freely for use in outdoor recreation, scientific research, emergency response, or general interest.

Here are some particularly interesting maps:

  • Glen Arbor, Michigan
  • Half Dome, California
  • Central Park, New York
  • Chicago Loop, Illinois
  • Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • –Cara Binder

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    9 thoughts on “Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map

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    2. Hildesheim

      Hi Cara Binder
      thanks for the super-Note, I especially liked the most interesting records podcasts and videos.
      The U.S. has with 25% of the world’s largest oil consumption. They throw an annual 875 million tonnes of oil into the air.
      Education is very important, you should also be increased in schools.
      Friendly greetings from Germany lower saxony hildesheim

    3. Chasedlo

      What should be noted it that 12 of the large supertankers that carry oil make more pollution than all the rest of the worlds motor vehicles combined. The areas around Great Britain where they sit till they decide to unload their oil, ( when the price is high enough) have among the highest cancer rates in the world. The fuel these ships burn is the worst type of oil in the universe and the most carcinogenic pollutants. They burn 1 gallon of this dirty oil every 17 inches they travel. There are over 4000 oil tankers on Earth.

    4. Lewis W. McKinstry Jr.

      I have just watched the program that loc. is to under take, my hat is off to you , as you are giving the world’s information to million’s and million’s of people that never
      would have accest any other way. THANK YOU


      I am trying to do a family history what records is LOC copying to help me with
      this task.

    5. Bob Barrett

      Glad to see this site which highlights the mapmaking of the USGS. I worked for the USGS from 1949 until 1990, making these maps. It’s nice to look back with a certain feeling of pride in what we’ve done.

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