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|Zee-Man||Map Resource||0||Apr 11 2013, 2:46 PM EDT by Zee-Man|
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Came across this superb resource for anyone planning where to locate a future BOL. Mytopo.com is a map service which allows you to get a detailed topographical map of just about any area (I only looked in the USA).
The interface is superb. In the first step you enter a place name like "Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania". The state names are in a convenient drop drown menu. A GoogleMap widget allows you to see the area, zoom in to center, and pinpoint your location. From there you can personalize, and eventually order a print.
There is also an online feature. I found this very useful to see the detail I wanted before going through the ordering process. When ordering you do not get enough useful detail in the preview, however, the online tool lets you zoom in very tightly to see topographical features. This is superbly useful to see if a plot has water, how steep the terrain is, what utilities might be near, and much more.
For those who already have a BOL somewhere out in the wild lands, this service will help you to better understand the resources around you without having to walk the entire area. Nothing beat in person inspection, but such detail will help you plan those excursions.
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