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Media Advisory: 125 Years of Topographic Mapping
Released: 11/30/2009 7:00:00 AM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Mark Newell 1-click interview
Phone: 573-578-0848

U.S. Geological Survey celebrates its national program for topographic mapping (1884–2009) and looks to the future.

Topographic maps became a signature product of the U.S. Geological Survey because the public found them — then and now — to be a versatile tool for viewing the nation's vast landscape.  In the last quarter-century, digital technologies have transformed topographic mapping science, enabling the electronic construct of The National Map of today.  Celebrating a legacy of 125 years of topographic mapping, the USGS will announce a new type of digital topographic map that can be printed as well as a new online viewer for The National Map. The public and media representatives are invited.

Event Date, Time

December 3, 2009
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Event Location

USGS National Center
Dallas Peck Auditorium
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192

Event Highlights

  • Welcome and introduction: 
      Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary of the Interior
  • Reflections on national mapping:
       Dr. David Cowen, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina
  • History of topographic mapping at USGS:
       Mark DeMulder, Director, National Geospatial Program Office
  • New product announcements – US Topo and the new National Map viewer: 
       Kari Craun, Chief, National Geospatial Technical Operations Center
  • Interactive exhibits and displays featuring the history and future of topographic mapping.


For more information and event updates, visit the 125 Years of Topographic Mapping Web site.

Media RSVP requested, point of contact:  dmyles@usgs.gov

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