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Title: GTOPO30
Abstract: Digital elevation data extracted from the GTOPO30 dataset.
GTOPO30 is a global digital elevation model (DEM) resulting from a collaborative effort led by the staff at the U.S. Geological Survey's EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Elevations in GTOPO30 are regularly spaced at 30-arc seconds (approximately 1 kilometer). GTOPO30 was developed to meet the needs of the geospatial data user community for regional and continental scale topographic data. This release represents the completion of global coverage of 30-arc second elevation data that have been available from the EROS Data Center beginning in 1993. Several areas have been updated and the entire global data set has been repackaged, so these data supersede the previously released continental data sets
  1. How should this data set be cited?

    U.S. Geological Survey, 1996, GTOPO30.

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  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: 74.999998
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: 144.000002
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 82.000001
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 29.999999

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    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: raster digital data

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    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?

      This is a Raster data set. It contains the following raster data types:

      • Dimensions 6240 x 8280 x 1, type Grid Cell

    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?

      Horizontal positions are specified in geographic coordinates, that is, latitude and longitude. Latitude and longitude values are specified in Decimal degrees.

      The horizontal datum used is D_WGS_1984.
      The ellipsoid used is WGS_1984.
      The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378137.000000.
      The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/298.257224.

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Provide geographic context for geologic and geophyisical themes.

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Last modified: 07-Apr-2006
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