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Small image of cover--links to 1.24MB PDF full cover image.Lewis and Clark's Observations and Measurements of Geomorphology and Hydrology and Changes with Time -- New Publication

This new Circular, authored by John Moody, Robert Meade, and David Jones, contains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's descriptions of hydrology and geomorphology -- two sciences that had yet to be named 200 years ago. These descriptions are accompanied by commentary and data analyses by present and past senior research hydrologists from the U.S. Geological Survey. In addition, this publication contains a section with "repeat photography" using 1830s landscape paintings along the Missouri River by Carl Bodmer and modern photographs of the same landscapes taken from the same locations. Circular 1246 is a good read for Lewis and Clark buffs, armchair scientists, and educators. More detailed information on Circular 1246 can be found at:

Circular 1246 can be ordered at:

Or by calling: 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747)

Lewis and Clark: A Legacy of Science - New Poster

A new poster from the USGS commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Trek. The poster features two maps in parallel view: above is a beautiful reproduction of Lewis and Clark's Track Across the Western Portion of North America from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, published by Samuel Lewis in 1814; below is the same geographic area depicted with current remote sensing technology in a colorful image of the American landscape. The parallel map construction illustrates how difficult Lewis and Clark's expedition was, how well they mapped the terrain, and how far cartographic techniques have advanced in 200 years.

image of map

The map may be ordered by calling 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747). The poster is item number 113605 and costs $10.00, plus a $5.00 handling fee per order. Entire image measures 54 X 42. Additional information about the poster is available at

1796 Map Covering the St. Louis Area
(The Country of The Illinois, Parts of The Upper Louisanna)

1796 -- Map covering the St. Louis area that was investigated and plotted by a French Army Lieutenant prior to the Louisiana Purchase and covers the area that is now St. Louis, where the Missouri River meets the Mississippi River and extends south. Map by George Henri Victor Collot and P.F. Tardieu.

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Lewis and Clark Expedition Historical Map
SAP # 115319
$20 per copy
Actual map size are 25.37" X 17.85"

Discovering the Legacy of Lewis and Clark
SAP # 114892
Free item
Folded pamphlet, measures 35 X 18 when unfolded

U.S. Geological Survey Lewis and Clark related publicationsUSGS Fact Sheets

USGS Publications can be searched to locate papers that summarize research and investigations, reports, maps, and numerous other publications. In addition, numerous educational materials on science information can be accessed through the USGS.

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USGS Open File Reports

USGS Open-file reports include unpublished manuscript reports, maps, and other material that are made available for public consultation at depositories. They are a nonpermanent form of publication that may be cited in other publications as sources of information.


  • 99-0011 Color Shaded Relief Map of the Conterminous United States
  • 99-0575 Chemical Data and Lead Isotopic Compositions in Stream-Sediment Samples from the Boulder River Watershed, Jefferson County, Montana

USGS Educational Material As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides some of this science information as educational material. The product line includes a variety of teaching packets, booklets, posters, fact sheets, CD-ROMs, and Web sites. Described below are products designed for K-12 teachers. This list starts with a review of two main USGS education sites followed by products grouped according to thematic topics. At the end of each product description, information is provided for ordering the product or accessing it on the Web.


  • Map Adventures--This packet is appropriate for grades K-3. Students will learn basic concepts for visualizing objects from different perspectives and how to understand and use maps. The packet includes a two-sided color poster, teacher information, seven lesson plans, and two activity sheets.
  • Scientists in Action--Newsletter for middle and high school students on careers in the natural sciences. Describes careers by providing narratives of professional scientists at work. From mapping the planets to sampling the ocean floor, from protecting wildlife to forecasting volcanic eruptions, budding scientists can explore these unique career opportunities.

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