Map Accuracy Standards

Fact Sheet 171-99



An inaccurate map is not a reliable map. ?X? may mark the spot where the treasure is buried, but unless the seeker can locate ?X? in relation to known landmarks, the map is not very useful. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) publishes maps and other products at high levels of accuracy. Dependability is vital, for example, to engineers, highway officials, and land-use planners who use USGS topographic maps as basic planning tools. As a result, the USGS makes every effort to achieve a high level of accuracy in all of its published products. An important aim of its accuracy control program is to meet the U.S. National Map Accuracy Standards.
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Map Accuracy Standards
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 171-99
DOI 10.3133/fs17199
Edition -
Year Published 1999
Language English
Publisher Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s) U.S. Geological Survey
Description 2 p.
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