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What are the USGS's plans for the topographic maps?

After the completion of the original 7.5-minute map series in 1992, the USGS mapping program focused on creating national geographic information system (GIS) databases. Topographic map revision tapered off in the late 1990s, and the last traditional 7.5-minute topographic maps were printed in 2006. 


In November 2008, USGS management committed to design and produce a new digital quadrangle topographic map series, branded as US Topo in 2010. These maps are published as digital documents in PDF. The USGS is committed to continuing this project through at least 2018. For more information, see the US Topo web site and US Topo FAQs.


Topographic maps produced between 1884 and 2006 were originally published as printed paper maps.  In 2010-2012, about 179,000 of these maps were scanned and published in PDF as historical documents. This scanning project continues today, though at a reduced level of effort as the collection of scanned maps nears completion. For more information, see the Historical Topographic Map Collection (HTMC) web site and HTMC FAQs


Today all USGS standard topographic quadrangles with scales of 1:10,000 to 1:250,000 are part of either the US Topo or HTMC product series. See the links below for information about other USGS publications and geospatial products.


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The National Map

Gateway to all USGS maps, imagery, and publications.



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