About the Atlas of Maine 2005

The Atlas of Maine 2005 was developed by students in Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing, an interdiscpilinary 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. To view the Atlas of Maine 2006 click here. To view the Atlas of Maine 2008 click here.

The maps were originally created in ArcGIS 9 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 2005 as a single PDF document, click here (48 MB PDF).

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The Relationship Between Watershed Boundaries and Elevation in Maine: The Relationship Between Watershed Boundaries and Elevation In Maine was created using watershed, river and elevation data from the Maine Office of GIS. It shows how elevation has helped shape major watersheds in the state. Created by Caitlin Chamberlin ('05).

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Fish Density in Maine Lakes: This map was created using data from Public Education Access to Environmental Information in Maine (PEARL) and the Maine office of GIS. The map shows the abundance of fish species in the Department of Fish and Wildlife surveyed Maine lakes. The fish densities were matched with their respective Maine lakes based on Maine Information Display and Analysis System (MIDAS) numbers. A hillshade background was added to provide better perspective on lake locations. Finally the Maine streams and rivers layer from the Maine office of GIS was added to fill in hydrological gaps in the data. Created By Richard Crowley ('05).

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Bedrock Geology of Maine: The Bedrock Geology of Maine map was created using data layers from the Maine Office of GIS, Geo Data Explorer, a United States Geological Survey interactive map, and a hillshade of the state. Data were processed using ArcGIS 9 and show the relationship of bedrock to fault direction and elevation. Created by Sarah Dunham ('05).

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Transportation in Maine: The Transportation Map of Maine was created using data from the Maine Office of GIS, which was downloaded, converted, and in the case of the roads layer, over 600 cells had to be appended together. The main focus of the map is the road networks throughout the state, but rail lines and airports are also shown. Created by Kevin W. Fritze ('07).

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Moose-vehicle collisions (MVC) in the State of Maine from 1992-2004: The moose-vehicle collisions map was created using data from the Maine office of GIS, the Maine Department of Transportation, and the USGS. The data were projected in UTM zone 19, NAD83. Created by Alexandra Jospe ('06).

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Educational Assessment of Maine's 11th Graders: The Educational Assessment of Maine was created using data from the Maine Office of GIS, the Maine Education Policy Research Institute, as well as the Maine Department of Education. The map shows 11th grade Maine Educational Assessment scores in 2004 for each district with a high school. The scores for each of the writing, reading, math, and science portions of the test were averaged into one score representing the district. Created by Steve Kasperski ('05).

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2004 Distribution of Brood Trout Stockings For The State of Maine: 2004 The Distribution of Brood Trout Stockings for the State of Maine map was created using data from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife regarding the placement of trout in ponds and lakes across Maine. The geographic distribution of four species of trout was mapped by joining the trout distribution layer to a layer that includes all bodies of water in the state. Created by Theodore F. McDermott ('06).

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USGS Topographic Maps over a Hillshaded Digital Elevation Model: The USGS Topographic Maps Over a Hillshaded Digital Elevation Model was created using ArcGIS 9.0. U.S. geologic survey 7.5 minute topographic maps at a scale of 1:24 000 for the entire state of Maine were placed over a hillshaded digital elevation model for the entire state of Maine. The topographic maps were set at 40% transparency to allow elevational features to be more pronounced. Created by Rob Mehlich ('05).

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A Map of Impoundments and Their Primary Purpose on Maine Rivers: The Maine Impoundments and Their Primary Purpose map shows all of the dams in Maine and categorizes them based off of their primary purpose. The data was downloaded from the Maine office of GIS and classified to show the primary purpose of these dams. Created by Sophia S. Newbury ('08).

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Urban Sprawl: Population Migration from 1990-2003: The Urban Sprawl map was created using population density data from the US Census Bureau from 1990 and 2003, and shows movement of population. The data indicates that central city areas declined in population, while areas on the periphery experienced the most increase. Created by Conor Semler ('05).

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Wildlife Habitat of Maine: The Wildlife Habitat of Maine map was created using data from the Maine Office of GIS and the United States National Atlas. The map shows the land cover characteristics of Maine, including human development and major roads. The most suitable wildlife habitat can be attributed to the areas with the most suitable land cover and the least human development. An inset map shows overall habitat values for 91 priority trust species of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, within forested cover types. . Created by Wendy Sicard ('05).

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Changes in Maine's Unemployment Rate: The Changes in Maine's Unemployment Rates map was created using data and shapefiles provided by the US Census Bureau and shows changes in unemployment rates within labor market areas between January 2004 and January 2005. Overall, there has been a general decrease in unemployment rates throughout the state. Created by William G. Stohner ('05).

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Average Annual Precipitation in Maine: The Average Annual Precipitation Map of Maine was created using ArcMap with data from the Maine Office of GIS and National Atlas websites. It shows the average annual precipitation from 1961-1990 by watershed. Created by Emily Wilbert ('07).

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Appalachian Trail in Maine: Created by Emma Carlson ('07).

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