Re: NANFA-- RE:Standard Collecting Gear:MAPS
Thu, 30 Nov 2000 14:46:27 EST

In a message dated 11/30/00 1:51:01 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

<< I would like to gripe about topo maps. Well, first of all the maps at
topozone do not have a very high resolution - they are blurry and it
is difficult to make out details. But my major complaint is that the
7.5" maps in my area are pitifully outdated - 20+ years old at least.
And there are no street names for anything other than major
thoroughfares, and the roads are not mapped accurately either. I
have gotten VERY lost using topo maps. The DeLorme maps,
even though they do not provide the detail of the USGS offerings,
are much more useful. >>

I ended up purchasing from DeLorme a TopoQuads USA program. It's about
$100/state (it takes 4 CDs for Tennessee), but you get up to date scans of
topo maps. We often use these in report writing (we can add dots etc...with
field #s) and have been known to drag along a laptop when collecting to
verify sites. It's nice because you can get lat/long readings whereever the
cursor is. I just got a notice from one state and get one free.
It's a nice suppliment to their Gazetteers.


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