Patrick R. Galloway
Patrick R. Galloway
Copyright © 2004-2007 Patrick R. Galloway
There are a number of important links on the Key map (the one you were just looking at) which you should explore. Please read the following if you would like more detailed information.
To use the digital atlas, you should have Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher and Adobe Reader 6.0 or higher installed on your computer. Both are free. Download the most recent Adobe Reader from www.adobe.com. The newer versions of Adobe Reader are more stable, allow you to resize (zoom) the topographic maps with minimal loss of resolution, and let you open as many windows as you like.
Insert the DVD disc into your DVD drive. Go to your DVD drive. Click on _greece50.htm.
We recommend you run the atlas off your DVD drive. To run it off your hard drive, create a folder on your hard drive with the name of the country of the atlas you purchased, for example, c:\greece_atlas. Copy all the files from the DVD disc to this folder. Click on the file _greece50.htm to start the atlas.
Three map sets are provided:
1. The Key map (the first thing you see). This displays latitude and longitude squares covering the entire country. Latitude is the first blue number and longitude is the second blue number. They represent the lower left (southwest) point on the square. The Key map page includes links to distance scales, map dates, symbol explanations, coverage, and gazetteers.
2. The TPC maps. The area shown on a TPC map page is always one degree latitude by one degree longitude. The scale is always 1:500,000. Blue code numbers in the squares correspond to the Soviet topographic map names. The base maps for TPC maps are United States Tactical Pilotage Charts maps.
3. The Soviet topographic maps. All have latitude and longitude scales in the margin. The other numbers in the margin are Soviet internal code numbers which have little use. A grid overlay shows distance. Click on the "Soviet map distance scale" button on the Key map. The topographic map symbols are explained by clicking the "Soviet map symbols" button on the Key map.
If you know the general location of the place you are interested in, click on the appropriate Key map square. This zooms you into a TPC map. Now click on the area you are interested in on the TPC map. This zooms you into the Soviet topographic map.
If you want to find a place but don't know where it is, read the information about using the Gazetteer below.
We also include a gazetteer file in .txt format. This file includes:
1. Place name, in alphabetical order
2. Place name, alternative spelling
3. Designation code DSG (type of place, e.g., mountain, populated place, ruin, etc.). A link explains the codes.
4. Administrative district code ADM1 (e.g., province code). A link explains the codes.
5. Latitude (degrees, minutes, seconds)
6. Longitude (degrees, minutes, seconds)
Using the Gazetteer
To locate a place on a topographic map, find its latitude and longitude using the gazetteer or your GPS device. Go to the Key map and click on the appropriate latitude-longitude square. Note that latitude is the first blue number and longitude is the second blue number. They represent the lower left (southwest) point on the square. This takes you to a TPC map which is scaled in minutes. Note that the area shown on a TPC map page is always one degree latitude by one degree longitude. Click on the appropriate square. This takes you to the Soviet topographic map, which shows degrees, minutes, and seconds and allows you to precisely locate the place.
Note that some minor places in the Gazetteer will not be on the maps. Some minor places on the maps will not be in the Gazetteer. The two sources are different. Also be aware that places change their names.
Each file opens into its own window. This enables you to compare the maps, scales, symbols, etc., with each other. Close the windows you no longer need.
The Soviet topographic maps open into Adobe Reader. To see all the opened windows in Adobe Reader 6.0, click Window, Tile, then Horizontally or Vertically. To resize any of the Soviet topographic maps use the zoom tools in Adobe Reader 6.0. To see the maximum amount of map area on your screen, hit F8 which removes the tool bars. Hit F8 again to see the tool bars. You can also use Ctrl + to zoom in, and Ctrl - to zoom out. Other versions of Adobe Reader may have somewhat different keystrokes.
Comparing the Soviet topographic map with the TPC map is useful. You can see the names of major geographic features (cities, rivers, mountains, airports, etc.) in English on the TPC maps. The TPC maps are usually more recent, so you can see if there are any major new features.
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errors or omissions.
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