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The University of Washington Map Collection has worldwide coverage of various thematic maps at different scales, with an emphasis on themes related to civil engineering, forest resources, geography, geology, oceanography and urban planning.
These maps deal with the relationship between the environment and bodies of water, such as in wetlands and flood areas.
Property maps show property ownership or building outlines.
Seismologic maps show earthquake faults and seismic activity.
These federal maps are usually published by county and are spread out among different branch libraries.
To find them in the UW Library Catalog, use a Keyword search:
Ex. soil survey AND king county
A thematic map is simply a map made to reflect a particular theme about a geographic area. Thematic maps can portray physical, social, political, cultural, economic, sociological, agricultural, or any other aspects of a city, state, region, nation, or continent.
Thematic maps are classified with Library of Congress call numbers and filed in call number order by geographic area. Consult our LC Map Call Numbers Finding Aid (which is also available in several locations around the Map Collection) or the location maps posted on the walls to help you determine call numbers for a particular area of the world.