Re: USGS Maps and GIS Software

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Posted by Len Taliaferro on February 26, 1997 at 11:19:36:

In Reply to: USGS Maps and GIS Software posted by Ley Hathcock on February 25, 1997 at 21:03:23:

: There are hundreds of maps of various kind available over
: the net from US Geological Survey and other government offices.

: Many of the available topo maps cover the trout waters of
: North Georgia. The problem is, you need GIS mapping software
: to load, read and print them. I have friends who use
: high-end (read high dollar) GIS programs for State business.
: I understand that there are shareware or low-end programs available,
: but cannot seem to locate a source for them. Anyone
: know of a source for cheap GIS software?

: Any help would be appreciated. Thanks...

Ley -- Use your browser to find the USGS Mapping Information Home Page.
From there, you'll find links to an FTP site which has public domain maps
and freeware viewers. I've downloaded some but have not yet been able to
figure out how to make them work. Also, the University of Arkansas has a
map generation program which apparently will allow you to program in the
state, quad, features, etc and will generate an appropriate map on the spot
which can then be printed. I've been struggling with this for sometime now
and still haven't come up with snything really satisfactory. It seems that
USGS has partnered with some commerical companies to produce the common
topographic maps and you have to order them and pay a hefty per map fee.
It looks like the days of the $3.00 topo are gone forever. Both sites should
provide links to other mapping data bases. If you find something that works
please post it here.


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