Map Resources

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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

Soil Map of the World, 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, NRCS
Includes a variety of soil maps. Also includes some more specific maps for a few countries.

Topographic Maps

The National Map - Data Delivery, USGS
Select "Topo Maps" to access topographic maps for the United States.

Satellite Images and Aerial Photos, TerraServer
Created by USGS and Microsoft Research, you can view and download topographic maps and aerial photos as high resolution images.

Online U.S. Topographic Maps, UCLA Library
Provides helpful links for finding topograph 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).

Platform for accessing free online viewing of topographical, nautical and aeronautical charts plus high altitude digital ortho quads.

Search by Place or Address, MyTopo
Just type in the address, or city and state to retreive a map.

Reading Map Symbols

Topographic Map Symbols, USGS
This site has information on reading topographic maps.

USGS Geography Education Materials, USGS
A USGS site for kids and teachers. Scroll down to the Geography section to find resources that describe map types and features, including how to interpret them.

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.

How to Read a Geologic Map, ThoughtCo.
Follow this tutorial on how to read and use geologic maps.

What is a Geologic Map, USGS & NPS
Learn what a geologic map is and what information they provide.

State Geologic Maps

National Geologic Map Database, USGS
Go to Map Catalogue to find descriptions and the availability of state geologic maps.

Association of American State Geologists, AASG
Obtain materials from your state geological survey.

Geologic Maps of the 50 United States, ThoughCo.
Examine and learn about state geologic maps from ThoughtCo.

State Geologic Maps, NPS
Download state geologic maps from the National Park Service.

National Geologic Maps

National Geologic Map Database, USGS
Contains information on how and where to obtain geologic maps.

Regional and Local Geologic Maps

Bookstore of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, AAPG
Go to Product Categories and click on Maps and Charts to select regional tectonic maps.

This site allows you to order maps from a wide range of scales.

General Map Resources

Geography Education Resources, 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.

Grade 9-12 Mapping, USGS
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, USGS
Offers a range of maps and map information including topographic and geologic maps.

The National Map, USGS
Providse access to a series of maps, datasets, and map background information.

Earth Explorer, USGS
Select datasets that can be superimposed onto a Goole Earth map.

MapMaker Interactive, National Geographic
Create a variety of thematic maps by selecting from any number of "layers", ranging from elevation to ocean floor.

Geospatial Platform,
Make maps using geospatial data and information.

Dynamic Planet Maps

This Dynamic Planet Map, Smithsonian Institution
An interactive version of the USGS map accessed through the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History Global Volcanism Program.

This Dynamic Planet, USGS
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.

Latest Earthquakes Map, USGS
An interactive map that shows the most current earthquakes and their magnitudes.

Ocean Maps

Age of the Ocean Floor, NOAA
Map that shows the crustal age of the ocean floor.

Weather Maps

National Weather Service Home Page, NOAA
Map that shows current weather patterns across the U.S.

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.

Satellite Maps

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