About the Atlas of Maine 2008

The Atlas of Maine 2008 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 2006 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 9.2 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.

Coming Soon: The complete Atlas of Maine 2008 will soon be available as a single PDF document.

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Organic Farms and Agricultural Chemicals in Maine: Organic Farms and Agricultural Chemicals in Maine shows the percentage of land treated by pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and other chemicals in each of the sixteen counties in Maine. Created by Rose Becker ('08).

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Carbon Sequestration and Major Population Centers in MaineCarbon Sequestration is an effective approach to controlling the deleterious effects of greenhouse gases,the principal agent of Climate Change. As trees grow they utilize carbon dioxide (CO2) in the production of biomass, sequestering it in living tissue and preventing it from being released into the atmosphere. Governments, businesses, and individuals are using carbon sequestration as a way to take responsibility for their own emissions. Created By Jeff Carroll ('08).

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Federally Recognized Indian Lands of Maine: This map shows the land holdings of the State’s three federally recognized tribes: Malaseets, Passsamaquoddy, and Penobscot. In addition, it highlights statewide public conservation land and lakes in order to represent the close relationship between tribal and conservation lands. Two insets display a close-up of social services like schools, fire stations, and police stations located in and near Passamaquoddy and Penobscot reservations. Created by Caitlin Casey ('09).

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Wetlands and Development in Maine: This map shows the distribution of wetlands in comparison to areas of development in Maine. Created by Alaina Clark ('08).

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Changing Property Values in Maine 1999-2008: Property Value 1999-2008. Data obtained from the Maine State Planning Office. Created by Beth Darling ('08).

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Fragmentation and Clearing of Maine Forest Habitats: The purpose of this map is to convey the extent of fragmentation in Maine's forests. I chose this particular area to show the immediate effects of logging roads and clear cutting on a local scale. The data were used to focus on current, cleared, and regenerating forest locations as of 2005. A raster layer from the National Atlas database of National Land Cover Data assesses the magnitude of forest fragmentation due to human activities. Roads were also included to emphasize the development of roadways as a cause of fragmentation. Created by Lindsay Dreiss ('09).

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Fault Lines and Earthquakes of Maine 1568-2005.: This map shows the fault lines in the state of Maine, and represents the locations and magnitudes of all of the earthquakes that have occurred in the state of Maine from 1568 to 2005. It also includes the earthquakes that occurred outside of Maine but that may have been felt in Maine. Created by Caitlin Dufraine ('09).

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Population Density and Dams in Maine This map shows population density, river systems, and dam placement in the state of Maine. Each randomly placed dot represents a 100 people per square mile. The dams shown are those whose main purpose is the productionof hydroelectric power. Created by Fritz Freudenberger ('09).

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Electrical Hookups and Service Providers in Maine: The electrical hookup layer was provided by the Maine State Planning Office and shows the number of commerical and residential electrcal hookups in 2004. These data were provided by Central Maine Power Company and Bangor Hydro-Electric Company, and only shows data in their distribution area. All other layers were downloaded from the Maine Office of GIS. Created by Eric Hansen ('08).

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Impervious Surfaces of Maine: Impervious surfaces include objects like buildings, roads, parking lots, and other surfaces that water cannot pass through. Pervious surfaces are mainly natural areas, such as forests and wetlands, but can also include human-modified areas such as crop land. The spatial pattern of impervious surfaces is closely tied to that of developed areas and it can therefore be used as a surrogate variable for development. Created by Courtney Larson ('08).

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Electric Power Service Areas, Energy Lines, and Hydroelectric Dams of Maine: This map displays the locations of hydroelectric dams, electric power service areas, power lines and pipelines in Maine. These elements are related to one and other since hydropower is an important energy source in the state of Maine. Data came from the Maine Office of GIS. Created by Ian McCullough ('10).

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Organic Farms and Local Food Retailers in Maine: This map shows the distribution and abundance of organic farms certified by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) by township. It indicates townships with farmers markets and local food or natural foodstores. Created by Jamie O'Connell ('08).

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Suitable Habitats for Wildlife and Conservation Areas in Maine: This map shows levels of wildlife habitat suitability in relationship to Maine's conservation lands. The habitat suitability values are based on 91 priority trust species of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The habitats for each species were mapped and ranked from actual sightings or by developing habitat suitability models reflecting environmental requirements for each species. Scores for each species were then added to derive the sum of scores for all species combined. Michelle Presby ('09).

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Maine's Fast Food : Restaurant location data collected from www.downtownme.com, current as of 2/20/2008 and added to the metwp24_p layer from the Maine Office of GIS. Divisions portrayed within Maine represent individual towns. Map projected to UTM Zone 19 using North American Datum 1983. Patrick Roche ('09).

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Woodlot Ownership in Maine: This map shows woodlot ownership in Maine. It differentiates between varying forms of private and public, as well as industrial ownership. Will Tyson ('09).

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Median Household Income in Maine by Census Tract: This map is a visual representation of the Median Household Income in the State of Maine by tract, using income data from the 2000 United States Census. Data collected and compiled by the Institute of Urban and Regional Development at the University of California, Berkeley. United States interstate highways data compiled by ESRI and major roads in Maine data provided by Maine Office of GIS. Andrew Young ('09).

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