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Digital Raster Graphics (DRGs)


   1:25,000 Scale DRG
   Texarkana, Texas


   1:250,000 Scale DRG
   Boston, Massachusetts

The Digital Raster Graphic (DRG) files were removed from EarthExplorer in November 2015. The EROS DRG file copies have not been updated in over 17 years and are of lessor quality than the DRG files currently available from The National Map

The National Map DRGs are more comprehensive in coverage and historical depth.

A Digital Raster Graphic (DRG) is a scanned image of a USGS standard series topographic map, including all map collar information. The image inside the map neatline is georeferenced to the surface of the earth and fit to the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) projection. The horizontal positional accuracy and datum of the DRG matches the accuracy and datum of the source map. The map is scanned at a minimum resolution of 250 dots per inch.

DRGs have been made for all quadrangles in the USGS standard topographic map series for the United States, its territories and trusts. Source maps include:

  • 7.5-minute maps of the conterminous United States, Hawaii, and limited areas of Alaska at 1:24,000 and 1:25,000 scale.
  • 7.5 by 15-minute maps in limited areas of the conterminous United States at 1:25,000 scale.
  • Pacific Island maps at 1:20,000, 1:24,000, and 1:25,000 scales.
  • Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands at 1:20,000 scale.
  • Culebra, its adjacent islands, and the Island of Vieques at 1:30,000 scale.
  • Alaska at 1:63,360 scale.
  • 30 by 60-minute maps of the conterminous United States at 1:100,000 scale.
  • 1 by 2-degree maps of the United States at 1:250,000 scale.

DRGs are in TIFF 6.0 and use GeoTIFF 0.2 specifications to define a set of TIFF tags. These tags describe all cartographic information associated with the file. The average file size is 10 megabytes.

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