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Media Advisory: Celebrating Geography Awareness Week
Historic mapping exhibit and remote sensing lecture
Released: 11/17/2010 7:09:18 PM

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Leslie  Gordon 1-click interview
Phone: 650-329-4006

MENLO PARK, Calif. — In recognition of Geography Awareness Week during the third week of
 November, the U.S. Geological Survey is hosting an evening public lecture on Thursday, and an exhibit on the development of topographic mapping that will be open until January.

Event 1 - Exhibit



Exhibit on the history of USGS topographic mapping from 1884 to the present day


November 15, 2010 – January 7, 2011

8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday


Event 2 - Lecture


Slide show illustrated lecture about “Silicon, Software, and Science”

By Rian Bogle, USGS Computer Scientist 


Thursday, November 18th, 2010

1:00 p.m. — Lecture preview for employees and reporters and media availability for interviews immediately following the lecture

7:00 p.m. —Public lecture


Location for both exhibit and lecture



Building 3 Auditorium and Foyer, 2nd-floor

U.S. Geological Survey

345 Middlefield Road

Menlo Park, California

Map and Directions:


Rian Bogle’s lecture on, “Silicon, Software, and Science” will describe how USGS is using low-cost field and aerial imaging technologies to monitor the Earth’s landscape. Bogle will explain how USGS scientists are developing and testing new systems, sensors, and methodologies, while fostering critical domestic and global partnerships to fully utilize the rapidly evolving science and technology of remote sensing.

The mapping exhibit traces the history and technological development of USGS topographic mapping for 125 years from1884 to 2009. Featuring historical artifacts and scientific instruments of the past, the display presents the concept that the Survey helped catalyze today’s national geospatial information industry through innovations in mapping, in geographic information systems, and in the provision of publicly-accessible geospatial data. From field sketching and copper plates, to The National Map and interactive topographic maps, the exhibit portrays developments in field surveying, photogrammetry, cartographic compilation, and printing as interwoven threads of USGS mapping history.

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