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Section of the map showcasing the island of New Guinea. The western half was 'Netherlands New Guinea' while the eastern half was split in two with North East New Guinea to the north and the Australian state of Paupa to the south.

New Web Index: 1959 World Less Polar Regions

A new web map, 1959 World Less Polar Regions, is now live on ASU GeoData. The web map indexes a newly digitized series of maps produced by the Army Map Service in 1959. The maps depict the world at the small scale of 1:11,000,000, while featuring many interesting features and some peculiarities. ...

close up of one of the linguistic maps with the concentrations of the speakers of the Maya/ Maaya T'aan language depicted by the various shapes. The yellow color of the shapes signifies a 5-25% margin of the local population that is fluent in the given language.

New Web Index: 2005 Indigenous Languages of Mexico

The Map and Geospatial Hub is pleased to present a new web map index: 2005 Indigenous Languages of Mexico. View of Cancun in the Maya/ Maaya T'aan language. Geographic Coverage: Mexico Date: 2005 Scale(s): 1:50,000 &...

Logos for ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro stand juxtaposed.

ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) Retirement and Discontinuation of Support: Spring 2024

As many of you know, Esri is formally retiring ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) for Education programs in March 2024. ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) will no longer be available to members of the ASU enterprise, which is an Esri Education program customer. Starting next calendar year (Jan...

A screenshot of the Rapids Application showing three of the ten total red rectangles that represent the rapids along the Colorado River within the Grand Canyon. Black and white topography that visualizes the stunning canyon walls and landscapes are seen, with the blue of the Colorado River running left to right in the center of the image. A descriptive box is open for the rightmost of the three.

New Web Index: 1988 Hydraulic Maps of Major Grand Canyon Rapids

Our latest web index, 1988 Hydraulic Maps of Major Grand Canyon Rapids, is now live and available to the public.   Geographic Coverage: Arizona Date: 1988 Scale: 1:1,000 Physical Availability: in-house only Digital Availability: scanned (600 dpi) This application depi...

A zoom in on the troop positions to show them in greater detail. The names of regiments and divisions, as well as the names of their commanding officers can be seen, and descriptions of fortifications such as trenches and gun emplacements

Map of the Month: November 2023

In 1898, Cuba was in the midst of a bloody war for independence from Spain that had been raging for three years. American public opinion swayed dramatically towards support through the 1890s, especially with American journalists fully embracing Yellow Journalism to exaggerate and embellish the atroc...

The Roosevelt Dam drawn in Blue on a 1934 Map by T.A. Hayden

Map of the Month: October 2023

Salt River Valley, Arizona, 1934. Cartography by T.A. Hayden. In 1934, the Phoenix valley was mostly farmland thanks to the incredibly successful damming of the Salt River with the Roosevelt Dam via the Salt River Project i...

A selection from a topographic map showing contours for elevation within the Grand Canyon

Map of the Month: September 2023

The Grand Canyon is one of the modern natural wonders of the world. It’s been mapped countless times over the years, and is the second most visited national park in the United States. However, the mapping history of the Grand Canyon is relatively young; the first USGS quadrangle maps of the Canyon w...

Johnson’s California, Territories of New Mexico and Utah, Map depicting the Southwest U.S. Territories of New Mexico, Utah, and the States of California and Colorado as they were in 1862. Zoomed over modern day Arizona.

Map of the Month: August 2023

One hundred and sixty one years ago, the American Civil War was raging all across the country. During the height of this conflict, The Territory of Arizona was officially established in February of 1863. Efforts to create the Arizona Territory had been ongoing since at least 1856, with a few maps sh...

Magnification of the Northwest United States featuring Yellowstone National Park and surrounding National and State Forest sites.

Map of the Month: July 2023

Our July Map of the Month is this 1934 “National Forests, State Forests, National Parks, National Monuments, and Indian Reservations” by the U.S Department of Agriculture and the U.S Forest Service. This historic map acts as a point of reference to compare how much land in the United States has been...