Mosaic of Digital Raster Soviet Topographic Maps of Afghanistan

Data Series 131
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EXPLANATION The data contained in this publication include scanned, geographically referenced digital raster graphics (DRGs) of Soviet 1:200,000 - scale topographic map quadrangles. The original Afghanistan topographic map series at 1:200,000 scale, for the entire country, was published by the Soviet military between 1985 and 1991(MTDGS, 85-91). Hard copies of these original paper maps were scanned using a large format scanner, reprojected into Geographic Coordinate System (GCS) coordinates, and then clipped to remove the map collars to create a seamless, topographic map base for the entire country. An index of all available topographic map sheets is displayed here: Index_Geo_DD.pdf. This publication also includes the originial topographic map quadrangles projected in Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) projection. The country of Afghanistan spans three UTM Zones: Zone 41, Zone 42, and Zone 43. Maps are stored as GeoTIFFs in their respective UTM zone projection. Indexes of all available topographic map sheets in their respective UTM zone are displayed here: Index_UTM_Z41.pdf, Index_UTM_Z42.pdf, Index_UTM_Z43.pdf. An Adobe Acrobat PDF file of the U.S. Department of the Army's Technical Manual 30-548, is available (U.S. Army, 1958). This document has been translated into English for assistance in reading Soviet topographic map symbols.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Mosaic of Digital Raster Soviet Topographic Maps of Afghanistan
Series title Data Series
Series number 131
DOI 10.3133/ds131
Edition Version 1.0
Year Published 2005
Language ENGLISH
Publisher Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s) Earth Surface Processes Team
Description 1 DVD: col. maps ; 4 3/4 in.; Also online
Projection Universal Transverse Mercator
Scale 200000
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