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Author Topic: High quality online Topo maps  (Read 1045 times)
Alan Halcon
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« on: March 30, 2011, 08:31:26 PM »

Thought you guys might like this.

http://libremap.org/data/

you can download full res high quality 7.5 minute topo maps as TIFF files which should open fine as a photo.

I use them for my land nav courses, depending on the area I need
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2011, 08:44:23 PM »

You can download USGS topographic maps for free from their website also.

http://www.usgs.gov/pubprod/
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Alan Halcon
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2011, 08:56:08 PM »

True enough, Curmudgeon.
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2011, 10:09:30 AM »

yep, and you can also get an overlay for google earth.

http://www.gelib.com/usgs-topographic-maps-2.htm



Here's a youtube vid on how to do it if you need help:   <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a1rovabnXQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a1rovabnXQ</a>


I like the google earth method, it's fast if your computer is.
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2011, 10:12:08 AM »

Thanks for the link Alan. I'll us this for map and compass class for the Scouts.

Randy
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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2011, 10:13:21 AM »

Kairo, I've had a lot of fun playing with that. Technology is great, aint it?
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Alan Halcon
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2011, 10:16:19 AM »

Hey Randy, no prob. I'm a bit partial to TIFF because I can still take it in at high res and tweak it in a drawing program to suit my needs. That said, PDFs can be manipulated too, but I guess I'm a bit old school in my design work.
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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2011, 06:18:47 PM »

Alan... your not old enough to be old school....  Wink

John
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Alan Halcon
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2011, 06:35:43 PM »

Hey john, you still park your dinosaur in the driveway?
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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2011, 06:42:14 PM »

Yaba... Daba... Dooo!
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« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2011, 09:48:12 AM »

Here is a link to the official on line topo maps of Canada:

http://atlas.nrcan.gc.ca/site/english/maps/topo/map

They are free and you can save/print them out...
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« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2011, 10:38:39 PM »

One more resource for this sort of thing is ArcGIS.com.  There's a dynamic map that anyone can browse around, but there are also tons of map services that can be overlaid on the basemap of your choice.  Further, you can load your own data, as a .csv or .gpx file, over whatever map you've constructed.  You can also do mark-up's to your map and configure things to be deeply educational and useful, beyond just points on the map.
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