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Where can I find free topographic data?

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We frequently get users call us asking where to find sources of free topographic data. Lucky for us, we live in a world that has vast amounts of this data available online, and a significant chunk of it is free to access and download - if you know where to look that is! So please find summarized below some of our ...
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Safe Travels

I'm super excited that for the first time in years, my husband and I have planned a vacation. The top of our bucket list has always been Ireland, renowned for its stunning scenery, so we finally took the plunge and purchased our flights for this spring. Then came the truly hard part: choosing where to go. There are so many castles, geologic marvels...
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Mapping Local Bike Trails in Surfer

One of the things that drew me to Colorado is the wide range of activities that are available to its residents. Among the many available activities is biking. Whether you prefer mountain biking or street biking, there are multitudes of trails to explore for all skill levels. With spring on its way, I decided to map out the biking trails around Denv...
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Industry Application: LiDAR Best Practices for Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Practitioners

The amount of LiDAR coverage for the Earth's surface has rapidly increased over the past few years, and a number of scientific disciplines are taking advantage of this increased availability of laser-derived data. Cultural heritage and archeology practitioners are no different, and the increased availability of LiDAR data is revolutionizing researc...
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Industry Application: Visualisation of Multi-Resolution Public-Domain DEM Data Using Surfer

As a professional geologist, Lester Anderson has spent many years making maps for all types of data from elevation models to geophysical data (e.g. gravity and magnetics), and all too often it is apparent that we all have different viewpoints on how best to display data in map form. The transition from hand-drawn maps to computer-based mapping has ...
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