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Helpful Google Earth Tools to Download

The following KML files (QUADS and PLSGE) provide easy access to data and image services from the USGS and BLM, respectively. 

These free applications (developed by Earth Survey Land Survey Research Tools/ http://www.metzgerwillard.us/EarthSurvey.html ) run in Google Earth.


  • USGS Quadrangles (QUADS)
    The principal component of QUADS is a Google Earth network link that plots approximate USGS quadrangle boundaries and provides direct access to more than 118,000 GeoPDF maps, including scans of the last historical paper map at all available scales. All quadrangle balloons contain name, state, extent, date, and file size information with a link to the corresponding GeoPDF map. 

    All images and data are retrieved from remote servers. Data errors, accuracy, and availability are beyond the control of this application.

    Note: To save QUADS from one Google Earth session to another, right-click on Saved Placemarks and select Save to My Places.

    Download KML QUADS: http://www.metzgerwillard.us/quads/quads.kml

    Information about KML:  http://www.metzgerwillard.us/quads/quads.pdf

  • Public Land Survey System in Google Earth (PLSGE)
    The principal component of PLSGE is a Google Earth implementation of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) GeoCommunicator map service. It retrieves multiresolution images of the BLM Public Land Survey System (PLSS). Protracted townships west of the antimeridian are provided by the Alaska Spatial Data Management System (SDMS).

    All images and data are retrieved from remote servers. Data errors, accuracy, and availability are beyond the control of this application.

    Note: To save PLSGE from one Google Earth session to another, right-click on Saved Placemarks and select Save to My Places.

    Download KML PLSGE: http://www.metzgerwillard.us/plss/plss.kml

    Information about KML: http://www.metzgerwillard.us/plss/plss.pdf

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