Abstract or Description
This map shows the distribution of cell phone towers across the state of Maine, as well the service areas that they serve. This map was created using an elevation map as a base map. On top of this map is a hillshade file that accentuates the perception of height in the mountains. On top of these layers are vector files showing the location of each cell phone tower in Maine, along with the corresponding service area. I found this map to be particularly interesting because it is able to show population density in an indirect way. Additionally, it highlights how difficult it is to have cell phone coverage in the mountainous central and western parts of the state. This map is projected in NAD1983 UTM Zone 19N.
Source Data Note
Sources of Data
1. Maine Office of GIS
Cellphone Tower Layer- 1998
Cellphone Service Area Layer- 1999*
*The Maine Office of GIS warns that this particular layer is not extremely accurate and warns against using this layer for engineering or scientific purposes
2. Colby Standard Dataset
Recommended CitationLevenson, Brian "Cellphone Towers and Service Coverage in Maine," Atlas of Maine: Vol. 2017: No. 2, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.colby.edu/atlas_docs/vol2017/iss2/2