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The National Map Viewer and Download Platform

To access The National Map Viewer and Download Platform, international users should first set your web browser language to "English/United States". Click here to go to the Viewer.

The National Map Viewer and Download Platform allows visualization and download of our most current topographic base map data and products for free. Managed by the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP), users can access data from all eight primary data themes of The National Map, and products, such as US Topo, Historical Topographic Maps, and Map Indices. The viewer platform was initially extended upon the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency's (NGA) Palanterra x3 viewer.

Beta applications are in development to replace functionality of older viewer technology and include: Bulk Download Client, Download Manager, topoView, Bulk Point Query, and Mobile Download Client. Additional applications may be added in the future.

Available downloadable data themes are: Elevation, Orthoimagery, Land Cover, Hydrography, Geographic Names, Boundaries, Transportation, Structures, while maps include: US Topo and Historical Topo. The National Map viewer also allows visualization and identification queries (but not downloads) of Other Featured Data, such as Scanned Topo Maps, Ecosystems, Protected Areas, Gap Analysis Program Land Cover, Wetlands, Public Land Survey System, and National Park Service Boundaries. In addition, a Natural Hazards panel is included to view hazards-related information, such as for earthquakes, floods, wildfires, and weather, along with the U.S. National Grid for emergency response.

To research and download historical USGS data, such as Digital Orthophoto Quadrangles or older high resolution orthoimagery and Digital Line Graphs, go to Earth Explorer.

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How to download digital elevation model (DEM) data using The National Map Viewer

Please follow these procedures:

  1. Zoom to your area of interest.
  2. Turn on the Elevation Index - 3DEP layers to see coverage of best available resolution of the DEM Product Index.
  3. Click on the Download Data tool near the upper right corner of the viewer banner.
  4. Use a bounding box, or choose a reference area in Download options, or select by current map extent or coordinate input.
  5. Select the Elevation DEM Products theme.
  6. Select available products, such as 2 arc-second (Alaska only), 1 arc-second (conterminous U.S., Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Territorial Islands, portions of Alaska, or Canada and Mexico), 1/3 arc-second (conterminous U.S., Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Territorial Islands, and portions of Alaska), or 1/9 arc-second (portions of U.S. only).
  7. Add selected products to the Cart.
  8. Click on the product in the Cart to view footprint and to initiate download of individual products.
  9. Checkout and enter your email address twice to place your order to receive a complete list of download links in one message.

Be aware that both 1- and 1/3-arc-second elevation products are available in 1x1 degree tiles in either ArcGrid, GridFloat, or IMG formats, while 1/9-arc-second elevation products are available in 15x15 minute tiles in only IMG format.

The National Map - Mashup Gallery

Below are mashup examples of how The National Map Services and other Science, National, Local, or Emergency services can be used to create online maps in The National Map Viewer or in other viewers.

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