US Topo—Topographic maps for the Nation

Fact Sheet 2017-3045
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Building on the success of 125 years of mapping, the U.S. Geological Survey created US Topo, a georeferenced digital map produced from The National Map data. US Topo maps are designed to be used like the traditional 7.5-minute quadrangle paper topographic maps for which the U.S. Geological Survey is so well known. However, in contrast to paper-based maps, US Topo maps provide modern technological advantages that support faster, wider public distribution and basic, onscreen geospatial analysis, including the georeferencing capability to display the ground coordinate location as the user moves the cursor around the map.

Suggested Citation

Fishburn, K.A., and Carswell, W.J., Jr., 2017, US Topo—Topographic maps for the Nation: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3045, 2 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Table of Contents

  • What Makes US Topo Different from Other Digital Topographic Maps?
  • What is New About US Topo?
  • What Are the Future Plans?
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title US Topo—Topographic maps for the Nation
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2017-3045
DOI 10.3133/fs20173045
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) National Geospatial Program
Description 2 p.
Online Only (Y/N) N
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