USGS US topo maps for Alaska

The Alaska Miner
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In July 2013, the USGS National Geospatial Program began producing new topographic maps for Alaska, providing a new map series for the state known as US Topo. Prior to the start of US Topo map production in Alaska, the most detailed statewide USGS topographic maps were 15-minute 1:63,360-scale maps, with their original production often dating back nearly fifty years. The new 7.5-minute digital maps are created at 1:25,000 map scale, and show greatly increased topographic detail when compared to the older maps. The map scale and data specifications were selected based on significant outreach to various map user groups in Alaska.

This multi-year mapping initiative will vastly enhance the base topographic maps for Alaska and is possible because of improvements to key digital map datasets in the state. The new maps and data are beneficial in high priority applications such as safety, planning, research and resource management. New mapping will support science applications throughout the state and provide updated maps for parks, recreation lands and villages.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title USGS US topo maps for Alaska
Series title The Alaska Miner
Volume 42
Issue 5
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Alaska Miners Association
Contributing office(s) Alaska Regional Director's Office
Description 5 p.
First page 14
Last page 18
Country United States
State Alaska
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