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Featured Maps! Bodies of Water

Theme for the week: Bodies of Water

Date: March 9-26, 2020

The Map Collection room is featuring maps of rivers, lakes, and oceans of the world.

Maps showing the depth of lakes, the complexity of ocean floors, the ecosystems surrounding the body of water, water usage, and much more are on display.  Stop by and view our 3-D map of California’s Lake Tahoe.  Learn about the lake’s depth and the elevation of the surrounding mountains.  Come view our glow-in-the-dark map of the ocean floor.  Learn about subduction zones, epicenters, fault lines, and underground volcanoes!  Types of maps range from 3-D maps, nautical charts, bathymetric maps, and those with scientific text.

Make sure to stop by the Map Collection room to learn more about the history and science underneath the bodies of water around the world!


Come to the Map Collection and look for this sign:



This National Geographic map displays the continent’s largest lakes, located in the Great Rift Valley. It includes information like the location of roads, forests, swamps, and savanna’s.  The informational text shows population density, surrounding ecosystems, native wildlife, and volcanoes.

Title: Africa’s Great Lakes

by: National Geographic Maps (2011)

Call Number: MAP G8322.G7 2011 .N3



Maps illustrating Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, and the Yangzi River, the longest river in Asia.

Title: Illustrated Yangzi River map : featuring the Three Gorges plus Shanghai, Wuhan, Chongqing, Tibet and the source

by: Airphoto International (2003)

Call Number: MAP G7822.Y3 2003 .A4  

Title: Ozero Baǐkal, turistskai︠a︡ karta-skhema : ozero Baǐkal

by: Soviet Union. Glavnoe upravlenie geodezii i kartografii (1988)

Call Number: MAP G7272.B3E635 1988 .S6 

Note:  Russian Language.



This map displays The Danube, a river that flows through multiple countries in Europe.

Title: The Danube : one river, eight countries

by: Hautzinger, Rudolf (1970)

Call Number: MAP G5702.D2 1970 .D2


North America

Maps that show lakes between the United States and Canada borders. They showcase information like lake depth, currents, topography, and evolution. Included is also information like population density, water quality, drainage basins and water levels.

Title: Bathymetry of Lake Erie and Lake Saint Clair

by: National Geophysical Data Center (1998)

Call Number: MAP G3312.E7C2 1998 .B2

Title: Lake Erie

by: Maybee, Mary-Ellen (2003)

Call Number: MAP G3312.E7 2003 .M2

Title: Lake Huron bathymetric chart and morphometric parameters, 1989

by: Ristić, Ratko J. (1989)

Call Number: MAP G3312.H8C2 1989 .R4

Title: Lake Michigan bathymetric chart and morphometric parameters, 1981

by: Ristić, Ratko J. (1981)

Call Number: MAP G3312.M5C2 1981 .R4   

Title: Niagara River and vicinity

by: Geological Survey (U.S.) (1901)

Call Number: MAP G3312.N52 1901 .G3 1932

Title: Lake Superior bathymetric chart and morphometric parameters, 1989

by: Ristić, Ratko J. (1989)

Call Number: MAP G3312.S9C2 1989 .R4


Oceans & Seas

Some of the staff favorites are maps that show ocean and sea depth and floor topography. Some include information like territorial claims, energy prospects, temperature impacts, rock formations, and evolution.

Title: Arctic Ocean floor

by: National Geographic Society (U.S.). Cartographic Division (1976)

Call Number: MAP G9781.C2 1976 .N2

Title: Arctic Ocean : the unexpected frontier

by: National Geographic Maps (2009)

Call Number: MAP G9781.C2 2009 .N3

Title: Bathymetry of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea

by: Perry, Robert K. (1984)

Call Number: MAP G9112.M4C2 1984 .P4

Title: Bathymetry of the Western Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea

by: Geological Survey of Papua New Guinea (1984)

Call Number: MAP G8162.S6C2 1984 .D2

Title: The Mediterranean seafloor

by: National Geographic Society (U.S.). Cartographic Division (1982)

Call Number: MAP G5672.M4C2 1982 .N2

Title: The ocean floor

by: Bateman, Earl C. (1985)

Call Number: MAP G9096.C2 1985 .B2  

Note:  Glow-in-the-dark.

Title: World ocean floors, Pacific ocean : deep-sea vents, worlds without sun

by: National Geographic Society (U.S.). Cartographic Division (1992)

Call Number: MAP G9096.C2 1992 .N2 


South America

This nautical chart of the Galapagos Islands provides information like water depth, shorelines, anchorages, and etc.

Title: Archipielago De Colon (Galapagos Islands)

by: Defense Mapping Agency Hydrographic/Topographic Center (1991)

Nautical Chart Number:  22000


United States

Maps that show bodies of water around United States land. They include details like ski resorts, roads, fishing areas, state parks and information on surrounding land.

Title: Lake Tahoe : 3-D shaded relief

by: Johnson, Gary (2000)

Call Number: MAP G4362.T15C2 2000 .J6

Note:  Ask to borrow the 3-D glasses.

Title: Lake Tahoe recreational area

by: Weekend Outdoor Productions (1975)

Call Number: MAP G4302.T3 1975 .W3

Title: United States, Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands

by: United States Coast Survey (1996)

Call Number: MAP G4381.C2 1996 .U6


Map Collection: Location and Hours

The Map Collection room is normally open to the public in the basement (Lower Level) of Shields Library, Monday-Friday, 1:00-5:00 pm. However, our hours change around the academic calendar.

The Map Collection closes at 4:oo during intersession–Spring Break, March 23, 25, and 26; additionally, we will be closed on Tuesday, March 24, and Friday, March 27.

To see the most accurate schedule, please visit this link: click here.

Contact the Special Collections Department for map related questions by email at or by phone at 530-752-1621.

Post created by Dawn Collings and Virginia Parra.


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