National Geospatial Program

Small-Scale Maps

The 1997-2014 Edition of the National Atlas of the United States was retired in September 2014. However, The National Map (TNM) recognizes the importance of continuing to make a collection of the small-scale datasets, originally developed for the National Atlas, available to users.

Hydrographic Geodatabase of the United States One Million-Scale

Elevation of the Conterminous United States at 100 Meter Resolution

Small-scale maps have an advantage over large-scale maps when there is a need to show a large area in a single view. This makes small-scale maps an ideal solution for scientists, decision-makers, and planners needing to provide a geographical context for the research projects. Generally, certain geographical and feature details found in large-scale maps are limited or omitted in small-scale maps. The choice of small-scale maps always comes down to the intended use of the final map.

The National Geospatial Program (NGP) has evaluated the collection of 197 small-scale datasets that were originally part of the National Atlas to identify a subset of data that is particularly relevant to small scale topographic mapping. This subset of data will continue to be available for download fromĀ TNM Downloader, and in addition, NGP is assessing a plan to begin regular maintenance of this subset of small-scale data.

The full collection of 197 small-scale datasets, as well as small scale maps and services will continue to be freely available through 2019 at the following pages, and then will be retired permanently.