About the Atlas of Maine 2006

The Atlas of Maine 2006 was developed by students in Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing, an interdisciplinary course in the Environmental Studies Program at Colby College. The goal of this project was to develop a series of maps highlighting the unique human and natural resources of Maine. The Atlas maps on this page emphasize "visual" GIS. To view student research proejcts that emphasize "analytical" GIS click here. To view the Atlas of Maine 2005 click here. To view the Atlas of Maine 2008 click here. To view the Atlas of Maine 2009 click here. To view the Atlas of Maine 2010 click here.

The maps were originally created in ArcGIS 9.1 and exported to the web using ArcIMS, an internet map server from ESRI. To view the maps using ArcIMS, click on one of the the links below. To view a map as a PDF document, click the PDF link next to the map description. The paper maps were originally created as 42 x 48 inch posters and reduced to 8.5 x 11 inches to faciliate download by PDF. Please note: The IMS and PDF maps are large files so it may take a few minutes to load unless you are using a high-speed internet connection. ArcIMS works well with Windows operating systems running Internet Explorer. MacIntosh OS X users may need Mozilla Firefox to open and view the dynamic ArcIMS maps.

To download the complete Atlas of Maine 2006 as a single PDF document, click here ( 27 MB PDF).

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Average Annual Wind Resource Potential in Maine: Data were downloaded from the website of The National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the United States Department of Energy. It was produced by True Wind Solutions and shows the areas in Maine where it would be viable to undergo wind power projects. Created by Randa Capponi ('06).

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Wetlands and Conservation Lands of Maine This map shows the location of wetlands and the location of conservation lands. The conservation lands are categorized based on land ownership including state-owned, federally-owned, and privately owned lands Created By Cait Cleaver ('06).

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Aquifers and Wells of Maine: The Aquifers and Wells of Maine map was created by downloading data from the Maine Office of GIS. The data indicate where wells and aquifers are located as well as the quantity of water within aquifers. This map is a resource to evaluate the current debate over groundwater withdrawal in Maine. Created by Sarah Kelly ('06).

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Primary Nesting Sites of the Piping Plover, Least Tern, Roseate Tern, and Bald Eagle: This map indicates the landcover of Maine and distribution of primary nesting sites for four birds found in Maine: the Piping Plover, Least Tern, Roseate Tern, and Bald Eagle. The landcover layer was obtained in raster format from the USGS site. The bird nesting sites were all obtained from the Maine Office of GIS. Created by Hilary H. Langer ('06).

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Shorebird Nesting Sites on the Maine Coast: The Bald Eagle, Piping Plover, Roseate Tern, and Least Tern are examples of shorebirds that make their nests along the coast of Maine. This map shows nesting sites along with human population. Shorebird nesting sites are compared with human density in coastal counties and overall population in coastal towns. Created by Greg LaShoto ('07 J).

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Emergency Resources in Maine: The Emergency Resource map was created using layers from the Maine Office of GIS. Some resources were filtered out by town size, indicating their negligible contribution in the event of a large scale disaster. Created by Alex McPherson ('07).

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Woodlot Ownership and Forest Cover in Maine.: The Woodlot Ownership map was created using data from the Maine Office of GIS and analyzed using ArcGIS 9. The data show where woodlots are located and the category of ownership as well as the density of forest cover across the state. Created by Liza Mitchell ('08).

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Atlantic Salmon Habitat on Maine's Rivers and Streams This map seeks to show Maine rivers and streams that provide important habitat for Atlantic Salmon, a federally listed endangered species. It also shows the location of fish runs and passages on rivers within the habitat areas. Created by Caroline Polgar ('06).

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Maine Public Water Supplies: This map showing locations of public water supplies in Maine was created in ArcGIS 9.1 using data downloaded from the Maine Office of GIS. The map shows point locations of groundwater wells, areas of surface water supplies, and areas of groundwater well buffers. All data were projected in UTM zone 19, NAD83. Created by Karen Prisby ('07).

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Soil Types of Maine: This map was created using data gathered as part of the National Soil Survey, which is available from the Maine Office of GIS. This map shows the distribution of 70 general soil types, which are all composed of several more specific soil types grouped together based on the similarity of their components. Created by Katie Renwick ('07).

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Lighthouses and Shipwrecks of Maine: The Lighthouses and Shipwrecks of Maine map was created using data from the Maine Office of GIS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Automated Wreck and Obstruction Information System, and the Great American Lighthouse Resource. The map shows the lighthouses located within the state and shipwrecks that have been recorded off the coast of Maine. The map also shows the location of boat ramps within the state. Created by Jackie Rolleri ('06).

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Maine Ski Areas: Past and Presente: This map of current and former Maine ski areas was developed from data on the New England Lost Ski Areas Project webpage (www.nelsap.org). It documents ski areas that are closed as well as currently open ski areas overlain on top of Maine county outlines obtained from the Maine Office of GIS Created by Chris Russoniello ('06).

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Maine Public Water Supplies Proximities to Wetlands: The Maine public water supplies proximities to wetlands map was created using data from the Maine Office of GIS. This map was created to show the proximity of public water supplies in Maine to wetlands, which are known to be water filtration areas. The map shows that a significant number of public water supplies in Maine are within 4km of wetlands. Scott Shahverdian ('06).

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Conservation Land and Human Presence Surrounding Roseate Tern, Lest Tern and Piping Plover Nest Sites in Maine: A map showing the nest site locations of three endangered species of shore bird in the state of Maine as they relate to human presence and conservation efforts. Lest terns, roseate terns and piping plovers are highly effected by human presence in their nesting areas. This map indicates where roads and boat launches bring people into the fragile nesting and brooding sites of these birds Rachel Terry ('07 J).

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'Omes and Cahs: The Locations of Mainers and Their Roads. : This map is a spatial analysis of Maines population by census block (in 2000) and the locations of highways/major roads within the state. Sam Weeks ('06).

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Educational Opportunities and Average Income in Maine Towns: This map shows the locations of schools and libraries in Maine. Schools include public and private K-12 schools, public and private colleges, as well as vocational and technical colleges. Libraries include local, school, and college libraries. The mean income for each town was obtained from census data. The goal of the map is to analyze the relationship between economic characteristics of a school district and the availability of resources associated with educational opportunity. All data was obtained from the Maine Office of GIS. Sharon McMonagle ('06).

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