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Small-Scale Data

The online version of the National Atlas (officially known as the 1997-2014 Edition of the National Atlas of the United States) was removed from service on September 30, 2014. 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.

Approximately 300 of these former National Atlas data sets are still available through the USGS EarthExplorer application by searching in the ‘Digital Data Sets’ category or on the term “National Atlas”. 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 USGS Store

The National Atlas wall maps are available for purchase through the USGS Store until supplies are exhausted. No new wall maps will be made. Call 1-888-ASK-USGS (or 303-202-4700 from outside the United States) for information on price and availability.


The National Map

A collection of small-scale datasets related to topographic mapping are listed on the National Map Dataset List, and can be downloaded free at The National Map Downloader. The National Map also offers small-scale web mapping and web feature services as part of its multi-scale theme overlay services.  These thematic overlay services are listed on the National Map Service List and are available to use, and explore, through the National Map Advanced Viewer as well.