Atlas of Maine 2010

The Atlas of Maine 2010: Belgrade Lakes Editionwas 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 the Belgrade Lakes Region of central 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 2008 click here. To view the Atlas of Maine 2009 click here.

The maps were originally created in ArcGIS 9.3x 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 36 x 42 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 view the complete Atlas of Maine 2010 as a single PDF document click here.

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Atlas of Maine 2010: Click here to download the complete Atlas of Maine as a booklet (8.5" x 11" PDF). To view individual maps click on links below.

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Land Use in the Belgrade Lakes Region: This map highlights land use in the Belgrade Lakes region in Kennebec County, Maine, including development in urbanized areas, agriculture, forestry, and road networks. The map also includes biotic land cover, such as conserved areas (e.g., forest cover, wetlands, etc.) as well as locations of major bodies of water. Created by Adrienne Bowles ('12).

Data from the Maine Office of GIS and the Colby Environmental Assessment Team (CEAT).

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Habitats of Interest in the Belgrade Lakes Region: This map displays wetland, interior forest, surface water, and topography of the Belgrade lakes region of Maine, and calls attention to areas with known populations of rare plants and animals. The data is from both the Maine Office of GIS website and the digital data set “Beginning with Habitat,” as collected by the Maine Natural Areas Program and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.Created By Blair Braverman ('11).

Wetlands, interior forests, surface water, topography, and rare plant and animal species of the Belgrade Lakes region of Maine. Data from the Maine Office of GIS, the Maine Natural Areas Program, and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

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Belgrade Lakes Region: School Enrollment & School Districts: This map uses Census Bureau data at a census block level to calculate the number of people enrolled in school, from nursery school through high school. Three sets of boundaries are included: Maine School Administrative Districts (MSAD), Community School Districts (CSD), and Individual School Administrative Units. Although the Belgrade watershed is highlighted in the map, note that boundaries extend beyond this border. Created by Megan Browning ('10).

Map created using data from the Maine Office of GIS, ESRI93 and the U.S.Census Bureau. The map is projected using NAD83, Universal Transverse Mercator Zone 19

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Public Services for the Belgrade Lakes Area: This map shows a variety of public services, including airports, cell towers, EMS rescue teams, boat launches, libraries, and fire stations. Created by Matthew Cheever('12).

Data from the Maine Office of GIS and the Colby Environmental Assessment Team (CEAT).

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Belgrade Lakes Region: Bedrock Geology: This map shows the bedrock geology of the Belgrade Lakes area. The meta-sedimentary rocks are dominantly silurian in age, while intrusive rocks are devonian-aged. Silurian rocks begin with an “S” in their labels; devonian rocks with a “D”. Lakes are overlayed as transparent blue polygons. Thin brown contour lines indicate topographic relief at 50-foot intervals. Created by Wyatt Fereday ('11).

Data from the Maine Office of GIS.

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Conservation Land in the Belgrade Lakes Region: Individuals, businesses, state and local governments and non-profit groups have conserved over 7,000 acres of land in the Belgrade Lakes Region through conservation easements and land trusts. This map depicts the location of conservation land and classifies it by type of land protection. Created by Sarah Hart ('10).

Individuals, businesses, state and local governments and non-profit groups have conserved over 7,000 acres of land in the Belgrade Lakes Region through conservation easements and land trusts. This map depicts the location of conservation land and classifies it by type of land protection.

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Lake Surface Elevation and Impoundments: This map illustrates the effect of impoundments on surface water elevation. The translucent coloring of each lake represents the surface water elevation (white representing 254m, brown representing 248m, etc.). The surface water elevation of each lake becomes progressively lower (the highest being East Pond and the lowest being Messalonskee Lake) because of 5 dams regulating water flow among the lakes. Lakes depth is depicted using bathymetry data in which darker colors represent deeper water. The elevation of the land surrounding the Belgrade lakes is depicted by a hillshade layer in order to portray topography. Created by Daniel Homeier ('12).

Data for this map was gathered from the Maine office of GIS and the Colby Environmental Assessment Team (CEAT).

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Transportation in the Belgrade Lakes Region: This is a map of transportation of the Belgrade Lake Region which includes roads and road names, hydrological landmarks, terrestrial landmarks, railways, bridges, boating facilities, and airports. Created by Alexander Hsiao ('11).

Data from the Maine Office of GIS.

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Belgrade Lakes Trails and Recreation: This map was constructed to show all the recreational opportunities available in the Belgrade Lakes Area. It includes hiking trails, and the locations of boat launches, picnic areas, and swimming / beach areas. It displays contour lines and labels summits and local features for hikers. All local roads are shown to facilitate access and direction for finding each recreational activity. Created by Cassandra Knight ('10).

Data from the Maine Office of GIS, the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, and the Colby Environmental Assessment Team (CEAT).

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Housing Units Distribution Between Vegetated and Developed Areas: This map shows the distribution of housing units in the Belgrade lakes region in relation to vegetated and developed lands. Roads, hillshade, and bodies of water are added for reference. Created by Anders Nordblom ('10).

Data from the Colby Environmental Assessment Team (CEAT) and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Total Number of Housing Units and Rented Units in the Belgrade Lakes Region: The color scale in this map represents the total number of housing units in the Belgrade Lakes region (by census block), while the black dots show the number of rented units, with each dot representing one rented unit. Created by Rachael Panning ('10).

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Maine Office of GIS.

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Belgrade Lakes Region Land Use: This map shows land use in the Belgrade Lakes Region, classified in different color schemes. Roads are illustrated as dark gray solid lines. Elevation and hillshade are also shown in this map. Town boundaries and names are included for reference. Population density is presented as colored points within census blocks. The map is on a 1:40,000 scale. Created by Yiyuan Qin ('12).

Land use, aquifer, elevation, and population data from the Colby Environmental Assessment Team (CEAT). Road data from the Maine Office of GIS.

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Biotic Land Cover in the Belgrade Lake Region: This map shows biotic land cover types in the Belgrade Lakes Region. Created by Michelle Russell ('11).

Data for this map were adapted from a land-use file digitized by the Colby Environmental Assessment Team (CEAT). This data was primarily digitized from 2007 National Agricultural Imagery Program (NAIP) aerial photographs, although in some cases, 2003 digital orthophoto quadrangles were used to distinguish forest types.

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Wetland Areas of the Belgrade Lakes Region: This map displays the location of wetland areas in the Belgrade Lakes region. Created by Taylor Tully ('10).

All data are from the Colby Environmental Assessment Team (CEAT).

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Water Resources in the Belgrade Lakes Region of Maine: The Belgrade Lakes region in central Maine has a diverse array of water resources including lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. This map shows bathymetry data for the lakes and ponds in the Belgrade Lakes region. In addition, the map displays elevation data for the Belgrade region terrain. T Created by Angela Warner ('11).

Bathymetry data was interpolated from PEARL Maine lake depth measurements at points distributed throughout the water bodies, and came from Whitney King, in the Colby College Chemistry Department. Elevation data came from the Maine Office of GIS.

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