A new wrinkle on Google Maps mashups

June 1, 2006

Google Maps Mania never seems to run out of new Google Maps mashups to discover. But one of the latest, Earth Tools, is not your average mashup. It has a nifty contour map overlay.

Earth Tools

The screen grab above shows the Chicago Basin of Weminuche Wilderness Area, which is where I’m headed in about a month.

The contours are handled differently than the way Backcountry Maps does it, a site I looked at several weeks ago. On that site, USGS topo maps replace the Google map background.

Although Earth Tools has a clean look and uses clever technology, the topo maps at Backcountry Maps provide more detail, making them a more useful means of seeing geologic features.


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