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Map Resources

In this section you will find a number of resources where you can locate maps.

Soil Maps | Topographic Maps | Reading Map Symbols | Reading Geologic Maps | State Geologic Maps | National Geologic Maps | Regional and Local Geologic Maps | General Map Resources | Dynamic Planet Maps | Ocean Maps | Weather Maps | Satellite Maps



Soil Maps World Reference Base for Soil Resources
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Find global soil maps for all types of soil. Click on a certain soil type to see its global distribution.
World Soil Resources Map Index

Includes a variety of soil maps. Also includes some more specific maps for a few countries.

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Topographic Maps Maps on Demand

Search for maps by zip code or city and state. Allows you to order 7.5 minute maps online for $6.00 per map plus $5.00 s/h per order.
Topographic Maps Online

Courtesy of the Microsoft Corporation, 57,000 U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps were digitized and are now available on the Web.
How to find topographic maps,

Provides helpful links for finding geologic maps.
Find topographic maps by place name, latitude and longitude, or UTM coordinates under the Get A Map section. Allows you to download topographic maps (including USGS maps) for free, at various scales (from 1:100,000 to 1:24,000).
Enter place name or zip code and state at the top to view maps. Offers free online viewing of topographical, nautical and aeronautical charts plus high altitude digital ortho quads.
Need a Map?

Just type in the city and state.

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Reading Map Symbols Topographic Map Symbols

This site has information on reading topographic maps.
USGS Geography Education Materials

A USGS site for kids and teachers. Describes map types and features, including how to interpret them.

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Reading Geologic Maps What is a geologic map and how is it used?
Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)

Use this sample lesson plan to understand geologic maps.
Reading Geologic Maps

Follow this tutorial on how to read and use geologic maps.
Reading Geologic Maps

Explanation of how geologic features and rock units are shown on geologic maps.
What is a Geologic Map

Learn what a geologic map is and what information they provide.

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State Geologic Maps State Geologic Maps

Provides descriptions and availability information for state geologic maps.
Association of American State Geologists, AASG
Obtain materials from your state geological survey.
Geologic Maps of States Online

Download state geologic maps from

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National Geologic Maps National Geologic Map Database

Contains information on how and where to obtain geologic maps.

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Regional and Local Geologic Maps Bookstore of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, AAPG
Click on Browse by Series and select AAPG maps for regional tectonic maps.
Online Map Creation
Create a map using this input form You can select from a variety of features including whether the topography or bathymetry of your selected region.
USGS Store

This site allows you to order 7.5 minute maps online for $4 per map plus $5 s/h per order.
Map Dealers

The United States Geological Survey maintains a list of Map Dealers. Click on your state to obtain a list of retailers who sell maps.

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General Map Resources Resources for Earth Science and Geography Instruction
Central Michigan University

An excellent list of map resources available online at this web site. Included are links to sites to make maps, as well as links to free downloadable outline maps, satellite imagery, GPS, and GIS databases.
General Map Information
USGS Earth Science Information Center

Includes general map information, from how to read maps to how to obtain them. Also includes links to further information regarding topographic, thematic, planetary maps, and more.
Maps of the United States

A USGS fact sheet, contains a series of depictions of the United States, along with information on how to obtain additional US maps.
Maps of the World

USGS fact sheet, contains a series of world maps, including outline maps, seismicity maps, and political maps. Also contains information for ordering more specific world maps.
National Atlas Maps

USGS site of a variety of US maps that are available online, including shaded relief maps, aquifer maps, and further information on how to order maps not available online.
National Geographic Map Machine
National Geographic

For a wide variety of thematic maps, click on "Dynamic Maps" or "Atlas Maps". Enter a location you wish to search for, and select from any number of themes, ranging from elevation to ocean floor. (You may need to click on "Select a New Theme" or "Related Atlas Maps" to find the theme you are looking for).
US Maps and Data

Make maps using geospatial data and information.

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Dynamic Planet Maps This Dynamic Planet Interactive Map
Smithsonian Institution
If using a computer, an interactive version of the USGS map can be accessed through the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History Global Volcanism Program.
This Dynamic Planet

Simkin, Tom, et al., 1994, This Dynamic Planet: World Map of Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Impact Craters, and Plate Tectonic, published by the US Geological Survey, Reston, VA.
U. S. Geological Survey Earthquake Maps, USGS

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Ocean Maps Age of the Ocean Floor

World Data Center for Marine Geology & Geophysics, Boulder.

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Weather Maps National Weather Service Home Page, NOAA
The Datastreme Project
American Meteorological Society

Contains a variety of up-to-date weather maps. Under the "surface" subheading, you can find maps showing temperatures, pressures, isotherms, and fronts, along with other current weather data.
The Weather Channel Interactive, Inc.

A current weather map of the United States is found on the homepage. You can view an enlarged version by clicking on the map. To find weather maps of your local area, type in your zip code or city and state at the top of the page.
Unisys Corp.

View a current United States weather map on the Unisys homepage.

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Satellite Maps Google Maps
Type the address into the search engine toolbar. Wait for the mapt to come up. Click on "Satellite" in the upper right hand corner of the page. You will then receive a satellite image of your area.

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