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3D Elevation Program—Virtual USA in 3D

April 14, 2016
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) uses a laser system called ‘lidar’ (light detection and ranging) to create a virtual reality map of the Nation that is very accurate. 3D maps have many uses with new uses being discovered all the time.


Publication Year 2016
Title 3D Elevation Program—Virtual USA in 3D
DOI 10.3133/fs20163022
Authors Vicki Lukas, J. M. Stoker
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2016-3022
Index ID fs20163022
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Geospatial Program