Spring 2007

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
2007 Conference
Call for Awards
LMIC Budget

LMIC Update
Parcel Inventory Update
FSA Photo Update
Remote Sensing Workshop
Drought Monitoring

Governor's Council
Strategic Plan Update
Call for Commendations

MetroGIS Strategic Planning
2006 TC Metro Imagery
Property Foreclosure Info

Snowmobile Trails in E911

2010 Census Address Program
LUCA Update
Physical Features Map 

Higher Education
UWRF GIS/Catography
Satellite Monitoring Land/Water
GIS Day at UMD
St. Mary's Updates GIS Lab
Neighborhood Indicators
ND Online Certificate
GIS Body of Knowledge

McMaster to Head UCGIS

Other Places
Lawsuit May Limit GIS Industry
Disaster Management
Elevation for Nation
Food Security/Health
RI Tracks Coyotes



USGS Releases New US Physical Features Map
From SILS Information Bulletin

The National Atlas of the United States has released a new map that emphasizes and labels America’s physical features. This map is designed to accentuate the beauty and diversity of the physical landscape of the United States.

The land surface of the United States is composed of a great variety of features, such as mountains, valleys, hills, plains, and plateaus that combine and interact to form the country’s physical landscape. These physical features are the result of many factors, including underlying geologic formations and structures, soils, climate, hydrology and man-made modifications. The Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Ocean drainage basin ranges are examples of how geology, climate and hydrology combine to separate waters flowing into the continent. For more detailed information on these divides, refer to the North America Watersheds map at

There are many methods of portraying physical features on a map. Two are used here. The relief image on the main map was generated from the National Elevation Dataset (NED). On the small inset maps at upper left, the NED was used to produce color tints that denote areas with elevations that fall within the indicated ranges.

Elevation figures are not official and do not necessarily represent precisely measured or surveyed values. The principal source for elevation figures was the Geographic Names Information System.

This map measures approximately 40” by 46” and is available from USGS Science Information and Library Services (SILS). To place an order, call the SILS offices at 1-888-ASK-USGS, or place an order online through the USGS store at: The stock number is 206944 and the price is $7.00 for the map plus $5.00 handling.