Map Viewer Online Help

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This web map allows you to search service providers and operators in oil/gas industry nation wide using both keywords & graphic features such as , , , , , ,and . You may also use this website as a mappig platform to digitize your own map and save it on your local drive and print PDF maps of your choice. This map site also allows you to explore the national coverage of shale plays and well location data (currently, for Louisiana only). If you have any questions about this map, or wish to manipulate or edit your own data using advanced GIS capabilities, please contact The GIS Services of Bear Creek Services at xchen@bearcreekservices.net

There are four sections of buttons, grouped by "Map", "Navigate", "Tools", and "Help." Each section and the tools within it are explained in more detail below. The currently selected tool is listed after "Current Action:" to the right of the title bar; the default tool when the map start is Pan.
This is the place where you control what data is visible in the web map. There are 2 base map layers available in addition to the underlying road network, imagery, and county boundaries ( this layers can be turned on or off), and an overview window (so that when you're zoomed in you can see the area around you).
Street Base Map:
This base map includes roads, political boundaries, cities, major rivers and lakes, and some protected areas.
Satellite Base Map:
This base map has satellite imagery for the world at a resolution of 15m worldwide, and 1m in the USA.
  US County Base Map:
This base map from the US county boundaries layer.
  Shaded Relief Base Map: This is a simple base map of shaded topographic relief. It is intended for use between 1:40,000,000 and 1:70,000 as the data is not visible at the global scale or when zoomed way in (the imagery will turn off).
Additional Layers: This button opens the table of contents (if you have closed it) to let you choose which layers you wish to display over the base map). Click the button to adjust the transparency of each layer. To see the legend for each layer, click on the button. you may minimize it by clicking the button.
Overview Map: Clicking on the overview map will open a new window that shows your current map extent on the street map zoomed out a bit from where you are. This may help you remember where you're zoomed to.
Has tools for navigating through the map. You can also use drag the little arrow on the scale bar in the upper-left to zoom in or out. The scroll wheel on your mouse will do the same thing.
Zoom in: Click once to zoom in a little bit and recenter the map where you clicked. If you want to zoom to a specific area left-click & hold it down while you drag a box with the mouse, and then release the mouse button.
Zoom out: This works the same as zoom in, but in reverse. You can click on a point to zoom out a bit and recenter on that point, or drag a box to zoom out by a different amount (drag a small box to zoom way out, or a large box if you want to zoom out less).
Full Extent:
This button zooms you out to the full extent of the map, which is the entire world.
Pan: Left-click & hold the button down while you drag the mouse to pan the map. You can also double-click to re-center the map, or if you hold down shift and draw a box with the mouse it will work like the zoom in tool.
Previous Extent:
This button zooms back to your last zoom extent; it's very useful for when you zoom somewhere by mistake.
Bookmarks: This lets you zoom to specific areas, either one of the default areas (like the USA, and TNC's international conservation regions) or your own custom bookmarks that you can zoom to later.
Additional tools for finding data, getting more details about shapes on the map, drawing on the map, and printing it. You can close a tool with the button, or minimize it with the button. You can also hide all open tools with the button, and make them visible again with . Finally, if you have several tools open you can scroll up and down the list with and .
Find: This tool allows you to either search for information via text (e.g. find a conservation project by typing in the name), or to find out more information about a shape on the map (similar to the "identify" tool in ArcMap). To find out more about a shape on the map, first select the layer you wish to query from the drop down list, then click the button (or one of the other graphical selection buttons), then click on a shape you want to see details about. To search by text, click on the button at the top of the find window. If one of your results has the icon, it means that it's a hyperlink to a web page with more information (for example, if querying the conservation projects data it will send you to the appropriate ConPro record). To view your search results in a table (or to download them to excel), click the button. To get back to the graphical search after selecting text search or viewing results, click the button.
Type in an address to jump to that location (this only works in the United States).
Draw: Draw a variety of shapes on the map. For most of the tools (e.g. and ), you click once for each node of the line or polygon you're drawing, and double-click to finish the drawing. The and tools work a bit differently; you hold down the left mouse button while you drag the mouse around, and release the button when you're done. To add text, type the words you want into the "Text" box, then click on the icon, and click on the map in each location you want the label to appear. To clear your drawings, click the button.
Print the map as it currently appears in your web browser.