Terrain

terrain

The Terrain layer under Map Display allows the user to turn on various surficial datasets on the AbaData 2.0 map. There are four tabs available under the terrain layer, starting with the Defaults tab. The Defaults tab features numerous different types of surface information, as show in the following image.

Terrain Defaults

Terrain Defaults

Alberta 1:1,000,000 Hydro


The 1:1,000,000 Hydro layer shows lakes and watercourses that show up at 1:1,000,000 mapping.  Because of the large scale of this dataset, only significant water bodies and watercourses will be displayed when this layer is turned on.

1:1,000,000 Hydro

1:1,000,000 Hydro

Contours


By turning on the Contours checkbox, elevation lines will be displayed on the map. The brown lines show elevation changes in 10-meter intervals and can be displayed on top of other map layers.

Contours

Contours

County Boundaries


When the County Boundaries layer is turned on, the name of the rural municipality in the map view will be displayed.  If the map is located at the border of one or more rural municipality, the boundaries will be displayed as well as the names.

County Boundaries

County Boundaries

Grid Lines & Text


The grid will appear different depending on the mapping zoom level the user is at. The previous image shows the differences as the map is zoomed in. At the far left, the grid first appears as dark green lines indicating individual townships. As the user zooms, the sections and quarter-sections will appear within the township. As the user zooms in, the sections will get labeled with the section number, quarter sections and township name. At the tightest zoom level, as with the far right frame of the previous image, the LSD lines and number will show up on the map for the quarter-section zoomed in on.

The Grid at different zoom levels

The Grid at different zoom levels

Lakes & Rivers


The Lakes & Rivers layer shows lakes and watercourses that show up at 1:20,000 mapping. This dataset features more detailed hydro information than the 1:1,000,000 Hydro layer, so more water bodies and watercourses will be displayed when this layer is turned on.

Lakes & Rivers

Lakes & Rivers

hydro network

The National Hydro Network supplements the Lakes & Rivers layer and if checked off will allow the direction of flow of many waterways to be displayed.

National Hydro Network

National Hydro Network

 

Reserves


Reserves are displayed on the map in pink, with the names of the reserves and the reserve boundaries visible at multiple zoom levels.

Reserves

Reserves

Roads


The Road checkbox turns on and off the grid road network. Paved roads are shown as solid black lines which may be labelled with the name of the road. Gravel roads are indicated with dashed brown lines. An example of both road types is shown in the previous image.

Roads

Roads

Urban Areas


The Urban Areas layer displays the names and boundaries of urban areas in yellow. They are visible at most zoom levels on the map.

Urban Areas

Urban Areas

urban areas gear

Many of the polygon-type layers in AbaData 2.0 have an option to adjust the opacity of the layer.  The gear symbol that appears to the right of the Urban Areas layer when it is checked off (above) will open an opacity menu allowing the transparency of the layer to be changed.  The urban area above is at almost full opacity, while the image below shows the urban area with more transparency, allowing features underneath the layer to be viewed.

Urban Areas with reduced opacity

Urban Areas with reduced opacity

Base Features


The Base Features tab allows the user to turn on various Alberta datasets acquired from Altalis, which is the primary distributor of Alberta spatial data. The information for the layers of information will be displayed on the map, but there are no double-clicks available on any of them.  Of particular note within the Base Features datasets are the Forest Management Agreement boundaries, identifying the areas and companies with timber rights, and the Registered Fur Management Areas, which displays trapline boundaries and the names of the trappers.

Base Features

County Maps


County Maps

County Maps

The County Maps section enables the user use a rural land ownership map as the map base for AbaData 2.0. Not all rural municipalities have granted permission to have their maps available on AbaData 2.0, so there are some regions where County Maps are not available. When the County Map checkbox is selected, AbaData 2.0 will automatically turn on the County Map for the rural municipality nearest to the map location open in AbaData 2.0.

County Map

County Map

Each rural municipality may have a different land ownership map style. An example of one is shown in the previous image. Other data layers available in AbaData 2.0 can be displayed on top of the County Map.

Other


Other Terrain layers

Other Terrain layers

The Other tab under the Terrain layer of Map Display allows the display of Alberta Energy Regulator regional boundaries, Mutual Aid Alberta boundaries and shows areas that are Crown land (the land shows up in grey).  It also features the locations of Alberta Energy Regulator oilfield waste disposal siteswaste disposal site, Airstripsairstrip symbol, Coal HolesCoal hole, Coal MinesCoal mine, Hospitalshospital and landfillslandfill to be shown on the map. Double-clicking on the waste disposal site, airstrip, coal hole, coal mine, hospital or landfill symbols will open an information screen.  For more information about ways to locate some of these entities on the map, refer to the Nearest Report under the Reports section of the User Documentation.