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USGS GIS Summer Intern Program

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), and the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) are collaborating to place top notch students into internships with the USGS in their GIS Summer Intern Program.

To be considered as a nominee for this program, you need to at least sign up […]

USGS Topographic Map Explorer

Curbed LA has a good article about a new USGS site that lets you overlay old and new topographic maps – really cool interface too.

Link to the article

Link to the map explorer

What is 3DEP?

A comparison of an air photo and a lidar image of an area along Secondary Road and Camp Creek, 12 miles north of John Day, OR. The lidar image allows identification of landslide activity that is otherwise masked by trees

I wanted to pass this along, since it is a change […]

USGS Launches Geologic Map Viewer

Drew Decker from the USGS passed information about the launch of the National Geologic Map Database new web MapView (http://ngmdb.usgs.gov/maps/MapView/)


As part of Earth Science Week, the AGI, AASG, and USGS collaborated to include geologic map information and activities in the 16,000 Earth Science week teacher packets. Go here to learn […]

Geographer and Data Manager positions avaiable in San Diego

A good job at the USGS – note that this position is only open for a week!

Link to the Geographer at the Western Ecological Research Center Link to the Data Manager at the Western Ecological Research Center


USGS releases new digital topographic maps for California

The USGS has released its new digital topographic maps for California. I have published detailed information about this on our GIS Data Portal.

For more information, click here to go to Los Angeles County GIS Data Portal.

USGS most fascinating Topo Map

A bit of tongue in cheek humor – I wish all the maps we made could be like this 😉 (but then we wouldn’t have jobs).


USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection released for California

LA (1949)

Drew Decker from the USGS passed this along:

Here’s a link directly into the USGS Store. You have to click on the map, then you can click on the bubble to get the pop-up list of maps.

Here are a couple of maps I downloaded:

Pasadena […]