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This portal provides access to an extensive selection of maps and geospatial data published by federal and other government agencies. Users can choose a word search option (feature name, city, state) or select from a list of categories (hurricanes, fire mapping, biology, geology, etc.) to locate maps or datasets. The front page includes a selection of featured maps showing current items such as fires or homeland security issues. There is also a user's guide with instructions on how to find maps or data, make maps using the viewer, browse community information, or obtain information on sharing or acquisition of datasets. Users can also register to obtain personalized options such as saving of searches or favorite maps for later use.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Portal:
    • Government
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Human geography
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Information presented on this website is considered public information (unless otherwise noted) and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credit is requested. We strongly recommend that USGS data be acquired directly from a USGS server and not through other sources that may change the data in some way. While USGS makes every effort to provide accurate and complete information, various data such as names, telephone numbers, etc. may change prior to updating. USGS welcomes suggestions on how to improve our home page and correct errors. USGS provides no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of furnished data.
DLESE Catalog ID: USGS-ED-000-000-000-082
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Geospatial One-Stop

Contact: Joseph J. Kerski
Educational Resources
United States Geological Survey (USGS)