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- Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators database and mapping tool
This database provides access to the latest agricultural data on a variety of topics, from fertilizer use to angora goats. The mapping system uses geographic information system (GIS) mapping and database retrieval technologies.
- Census Bureau Maps and Cartographic Resources
Use this service of the EPA to create custom maps with environmental information, including air releases, drinking water, toxic releases, hazardous wastes, water discharge permits, and Superfund sites.
- FEMA Mapping Information Platform
Generate a hazards map by entering a street address.
- Geographic Names Information Server
USGS can be used to query a database by state, county, or feature name or feature type. The server supplies name, coordinates, elevation, feature type and other information that can be mapped at the Census Tiger map server.
- GEOnet Names Server
This web site provides access to the National Imagery and Mapping Agency's (NIMA) database of foreign geographic feature names.
- Indian Land Areas Judicially Established 1978
This map of Native American lands "portrays results of cases before the U.S. Indian Claims Commission or the U.S. Court of Claims in which an American Indian tribe proved its original tribal occupancy of a tract within the continental United States."
- Map Collections: 1500 - 1999
Digital maps from the Library of Congress. The maps are grouped by cities/towns, conservation/environment, discovery/exploration, general maps, cultural landscapes, military battles/campaigns, and transportation/communication. The site also provides access to national atlases published from 1790 to 1970.
- National Land Cover Database
The Multi-Resolution Land Characterization (MRLC) consortium is a group of federal agencies who coordinate and generate consistent and relevant land cover information at the national scale for a wide variety of environmental, land management, and modeling applications. The creation of this consortium has resulted in the mapping of the lower 48 United States, Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico into a comprehensive land cover product termed, the National Land Cover Database (NLCD), from decadal Landsat satellite imagery and other supplementary datasets.
- U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Geological Map Database
Resource for maps and related data about geology, hazards, earth resources, geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology, paleontology, and marine geology. Includes information and guides to topographic maps, geochronology, paleontology, and marine geology
- U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Publications Warehouse
The reports and thematic maps database currently contains more than 69,000 USGS bibliographic citations, including USGS numbered series having started as early as 1880. Citations and online documents are added regularly. Availability of content ranges from full text to bibliographic citation only. The database does NOT include the Superintendent of Documents number used to shelve the material in the Government Information Library.
- U.S. Geological Survey National Map provides access to a number of online services, including:
- Geographic Names Information Server
Can be used to query a database by state, county, or feature name or feature type. The server supplies name, coordinates, elevation, feature type and other information which can be mapped at the Census Tiger map server.
- National Atlas of the United States
An interactive mapping database. Includes a search feature for geographic names and options for choosing layers of data. Digital copies of the original 1970 national atlas are available from the Library of Congress.
- Topo Maps: Current and Historic
International Organization Information
Allows you to search for geospatial data as well as create maps using their interactive map viewer.
- United Nations Cartographic Department
Features a collection of general maps and maps of UN peacekeeping missions.
- Mapping for Results visualizes the locations of World Bank-financed projects to better monitor development impact, improve aid effectiveness and coordination, and enhance transparency and social accountability.
- All the World's Maps
Links to country and city maps, an international telephone directory, and embassy information.
- Astrodienst Atlas Query
Longitude, latitude, date, and time for cities worldwide.
- Color Landform Atlas of the United States
- David Rumsey Historic Maps Collection
- Earth Viewer
- Exploring the West from Monticello
Exhibit with historic maps.
- Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)
Alternate version from the Peabody Museum.
- Geography Network
This service of ESRI "is a global network of geographic information users and providers. It provides the infrastructure needed to support the sharing of geographic information among data providers, service providers, and users around the world. Through the Geography Network, you can access many types of geographic content including dynamic maps, downloadable data, and more advanced Web services."
- Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
A browsable, searchable thesaurus of 1,000,000 names representing 900,000 places worldwide.
- Map Links
A nicely annotated list of map-related sites, grouped by category, from the Map Library.
- National Digital Map Library
A "collection of digital maps created at the Geospatial and Statistical Center using public domain data sets. In keeping with our goal, we have created a set of coverages for 50 of the United States using USGS Digital Line Graph (DLG) data and ESRI data. DLG data has a scale of 1:250,000 while ESRI data has 1:2,000,000. Coverages available from the DLG data are: State Boundary, County Boundaries, National Parks and Forests, Hydrography, and Major Cities."
- U.S. Map Collection
Contains current and historic maps.