Friday, December 19, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

Toxic Two-Step: Smokestack Rollback

In 2002 I linked to, Smokestack Rollback, a report about the Bush administrations gutting of the Clean Air Act. I found recently that the report was no longer available. I've uploaded the report from the archives and have made it available to you once again.

Free Maps are now easier to find

I've consolidated the various free map pages so that you can find them all in one place. Check out our new Free Maps page for more.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Library of Congress Maps

Morning - just added links to hundreds of high resolution historical maps available for free download. Check them out here.



New Free GIS and Software

I've rearranged both the free GIS software and the free GIS maps and layers pages plus added many new entries to each.

Also, several new entries on the free data page.

If you have data needs and would like to find them on, post them hear or contact me and I'll see what I can do.



Friday, November 28, 2008

Blog Revival

Hello - It's been awhile since I've posted to this blog. Especially in these difficult economic times, I want as many of you as possible to be able to take advantage of the free GIS maps and resources I have made available over the years. Blogging is new to me, but I think that it's the best way to get the word out to all of you. I'm sort of "old school" in that I've been doing for over a decade, beginning when such things as blogs, podcasts... were way off into the future. Well, the future is here so please be patient as I "ramp up" into the 21st century. I plan now to post to the blog every couple of days at least.

Since my last entry I've added many new things to including many new data sources, free GIS maps and shapefiles, more new free GIS programs and resources.

I also update the free GPS, TOPO and Climate Change Maps.

If you are new to GIS, be sure to check out the "What is GIS?" page and the free Learn2Map Tutorial and Atlas.

Lastly, I'm adding all sorts of new map layers to the inventory of low-cost GIS shapefiles. Currently, the Indian & Federal Lands Shapefiles are available at a very reasonable price - many more to come.

Thanks so much for visiting. Visit this blog and often for free GIS maps and resources.

Mike Meuser

Friday, April 25, 2008

Grass Open Source GIS 6.3 Released

Grass has just released version 6.3 of their free open source GIS. Version 6.3 is the first to work directly with Windows. Up until now, Grass has only supported Unix and Mac. Click here for more information and downloads.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Maps

Added the following to our Climate Shift page: Climate Change and Sea Level - Shoreline geomorphology, erosion, deposition, and subsidence, tide range and wave height, engineered structures such as jetties and seawalls, and elevation above sea level are some of the many factors that determine the degree to which a coastal area is susceptible to sea level rise. Of these, elevation data are available for any location of the globe and are very effective in depicting and communicating to the public areas that may be susceptible to sea level rise.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

GIS and Cartographic Resources for Kids and Young Adults

Just added a news item that lists several online geographic learning resources for kids and young adults including tutorials, games, tests and brainteasers. We'll be adding more resources to this page as they become available.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Open Source GIS and Tools

I'm amazed at the growing number of open source and freeware GIS programs and utilities that are becoming available. I've added several to our Free GIS page and will be adding more frequently.

GeoWeb 2008 Student Competition

GeoWeb says, "To advance the development of the GeoWeb, we are sponsoring a contest, which is open to all full time students attending an educational institution anywhere in the world. The objective of the contest is to materially advance the development of the GeoWeb." Deadline is May 15, 2008.

GIS News Added

In the past, GIS and cartographic news was posted here and there within the MapCruzin website. It is now posted and updated on one page,

Friday, April 11, 2008

Census Tiger 2007 Shapefiles Download

The U.S. Census Bureau has just made life much easier. Now Tiger/Line files are available county by county for the entire U.S. in easy to use shapefile format. Visit for more info.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Alaska & Polar Bear Shapefiles

I'm beginning to post the answers to questions I get at I hope they're of help and interest to you. Here's the first:

Hello - For polar bear habitat shapefiles, go here:

looks like you can request polar bear distribution shapefiles from the
Alaska Natural Heritage Program.

For general shapefiles (tiger data) of alaska go to our
Census 2007 Tiger/Line shapefile download page.

Good luck


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Free GIS, Tools & Resources Clearinghouse

This is an invitation to you to post your GIS tools, maps and resource needs and wants. Have a question about GIS, maps or data? Ask it here. I'll try to answer and, hopefully, other readers will help as well. Also, if you know of any resources that are valuable, but are not yet listed on either the Free GIS Tools & Resources or the Free GIS Maps & Shapefiles or any MapCruzin page, post it here and I will add them.

Climate Change Blog added

Hello - I've finally been able to begin posting to the Climate Shift Blog. There you will find information about new content that has been added to Thanks!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Our first google earth map

I've added quite a bit to the Google Earth & Maps Tools and Resources including my first Google Earth KMZ application of California Watersheds. Metadata and GIS shapefile download is also available. Now that I have it figured out, I look forward to adding many more maps to Google Earth and Google Maps as well.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Toxics & Pollution with Google Maps and Earth

Hello - I've just started a new section that focuses on Toxic and Pollution maps based on Google Maps and Google Earth. Click here for these new resources. Thnx/Mike

Thursday, January 24, 2008

New Free GIS Software Added

Added several free GIS software listings to the Free GIS page this evening. Highlights include: using shapefiles with Oracle, LookWMS Web Map Client, SAGA for Automated Geoscientific Analyses, Geospatial Explorer, Geostatistical Analysis package ...

World Regional Maps Added

Hi - Just added some world regional maps. Exceptionally high quality and available in JPG or PDF formats. Also added some new GIS tutorials. These are both listed in the left hand column of most pages.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Welcome has been online since 1995. During this time I've added many thousands of pages of free GIS tools, information, maps, tutorials and related news - often with an environmental focus. Please visit and return to this blog often as I will be posting new updates and additions here. Thank You.