Sunday, July 03, 2005

USGS Map Offers

The best and cheapest way of obtaining topographical maps is by ordering 1:24,000 scale paper maps at http://store.usgs.gov/.

You can select the Map Locator and drill down to the area you are intested in. Notice the bottom of the map screen showing the surrounding areas.

The maps' names most of the time won't say much unless you know the area well enough. Paper maps cost $6.00 a piece with an extra $5 for S&H.

The maps come in cardboard tubes or triangles and you will need to make sure they get to a size smaller than the tube's diameter while you take them out, otherwise they won't come out flat.

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