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What are topographic maps?
Topographic maps contain data on the natural features of the land, such as elevations, contours, water bodies, and other features, plus they may also contain man-made features such as roads, railroads, buildings and structures, etc. The main concept of topographic maps is that they show the way the landscape would appear if viewed from above. A brief history of the USGS topographic map program describes the creation of this valuable series. For more on the USGS topographic maps, see:
- What is a Topographic Map? Brief instructional answers about topo maps.
- USGS Maps. Description of each topo map series (differing scales and types).
- Gateway to all USGS maps, imagery, and publications.
- Mapping, Remote Sensing, and Geospatial Data. For GIS map data and imagery for digital applications, this is a good starting point.