This is a 7.5-minute quadrangle index grid for a region defined by the rectangular envelope for Connecticut. The rectangular envelope is an area that includes quadrangles for Connecticut and the immediate area surrounding the state. Polygon features representing individual 7.5-minute quadrangle areas are based on Connecticut State Plane Coordinate System, North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83). They do not correspond exactly with the quadrangle boundaries published on the USGS 7.5-minute topographic quadrangle maps because the polygon feature boundaries on the published quadrangle maps are based on the Connecticut State Plane Coordinate System, North American Datum of 1927 (NAD27). Each polygon feature defines a geographic area that is slightly different than the area shown on the corresponding 1:24,000-scale USGS 7.5-minute topographic quadrangle map. Boundaries of the polygon features in this layer match the NAD83 reference tics shown at the corners of each quadrangle map. This index was generated by mathematically projecting the 7.5-minute latitude and longitude quadrangle corner coordinates to Connecticut State Plane Coordinate System, NAD83. It represents a true NAD83 index of 7.5-minute quadrangle areas. Polygon attribute information is comprised of codes to uniquely identify individual quadrangle areas. This is static information that is not subject to change.
Use this layer to define the 7.5-minute quadrangle grid for the greater Connecticut area based on the Connecticut State Plane Coordinate System, North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83) . All currently available quadrangle maps for Connecticut are based on (published in) NAD27. This layer is an index to a possible new series of 7.5 minute topographic quadrangle maps published by the USGS based on NAD83. Due to the change in horizontal datums, NAD83-based topographic quadrangle maps will cover slightly different geographic areas than the currently available set of USGS topographic quadrangle maps. The geographic area encompassed by USGS 7.5-minute quadrangle maps is based on a grid interval of 7.5 minutes of latitude and longitude. The quadrangle boundaries shown on the USGS 7.5 minute topographic quadrangle maps are generated by projecting the 7.5-minute latitude and longitude coordinates that define the corners of the 7.5 minute quadrangle maps to the Connecticut State Plane Coordinate System, NAD27, whereas the quadrangle index polygon boundaries for this layer are generated by projecting these same latitude and longitude coordinate values to the Connecticut State Plane Coordinate System, NAD83. Consequently, this layer represents a true NAD83 quadrangle index, but these quadrangle polygon boundaries are not exactly identical to and do not precisely lineup with the quadrangle boundaries printed on the current set of 1:24,000-scale USGS topographic quadrangle maps. For example, quadrangle index polygon boundaries running North-South (lines of longitude) are offset from the corresponding boundaries on the topographic quadrangle maps by about 125 feet, and the quadrangle index polygon boundaries running East-West (lines of latitude) are offset from the corresponding boundaries on the topographic quadrangle maps by about 35 feet. This discrepancy is expected because this layer's quadrangle index polygon features and the USGS topographic quadrangle maps are originally based two different horizontal datums (NAD83 and NAD27), resulting in the placement of latitude and longitude coordinate values at slightly different locations on the surface of the Earth. Use a different quadrangle index layer named USGS 7.5 Minute Quadrangle Index for quadrangle boundaries that correspond exactly with the boundaries of the USGS 7.5-minute topographic quadrangle maps.
In 2004, the State of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection developed automated procedure to systematically create the USGS 7.5 Minute Quadrangle Index layer in order to officially document the process by which this layer was previously developed by this agency. This automated procedure was developed using ArcInfo Workstation 8.3 software and the Arc Macro Language (AML) as a scripting environment and recorded in an AML file named MAKEINDEX.AML for the USGS quadrangle map category of data for the State of Connecticut, Department of Environmental Protection. The MAKEINDEX.AML derives polygon features and assigns attribute information to these features based on information in three text files that specify and define polygon corner coordinates, polygon label point coordinates, and polygon attribute values. CT DEP Quadrangle Numbers - The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection established the following quadrangle numbers to uniquely identify 7.5 minute topographic quadrangle areas - Bashbish Falls MA-CT-NY (1), Ashley Falls MA-CT (2), South Sandisfield MA-CT (3), Tolland Center MA-CT (4), West Granville MA-CT (5), Southwick MA-CT (6), West Springfield MA-CT (7), Springfield South MA-CT (8), Hampden MA-CT (9), Monson MA-CT (10), Wales MA-CT (11), Southbridge MA-CT (12), Webster MA-CT (13), Oxford MA-CT-RI (14), Millerton NY-CT (15), Sharon CT-NY (16), South Canaan CT (17), Norfolk CT (18), Winsted CT (19), New Hartford CT (20), Tariffville CT-MA (21), Windsor Locks CT (22), Broad Brook CT (23), Ellington CT (24), Stafford Springs CT (25), Westford CT (26), Eastford CT (27), Putnam CT (28), Thompson CT-RI (29), Amenia NY-CT (30), Ellsworth CT (31), Cornwall CT (32), West Torrington CT (33), Torrington CT (34), Collinsville CT (35), Avon CT (36), Hartford North CT (37), Manchester CT (38), Rockville CT (39), Coventry CT (40), Spring Hill CT (41), Hampton CT (42), Danielson CT (43), East Killingly CT-RI (44), Dover Plains NY-CT (45), Kent CT (46), New Preston CT (47), Litchfield CT (48), Thomaston CT (49), Bristol CT (50), New Britain CT (51), Hartford South CT (52), Glastonbury CT (53), Marlborough CT (54), Columbia CT (55), Willimantic CT (56), Scotland CT (57), Plainfield CT (58), Oneco CT-RI (59), Pawling NY-CT (60), New Milford CT (61), Roxbury CT (62), Woodbury CT (63), Waterbury CT (64), Southington CT (65), Meriden CT (66), Middletown CT (67), Middle Haddam CT (68), Moodus CT (69), Colchester CT (70), Fitchville CT (71), Norwich CT (72), Jewett City CT (73), Voluntown CT-RI (74), Brewster NY-CT (75), Danbury CT (76), Newtown CT (77), Southbury CT (78), Naugatuck CT (79), Mount Carmel CT (80), Wallingford CT (81), Durham CT (82), Haddam CT (83), Deep River CT (84), Hamburg CT (85), Montville CT (86), Uncasville CT (87), Old Mystic CT (88), Ashaway RI-CT (89), Peach Lake NY-CT (90), Bethel CT (91), Botsford CT (92), Long Hill CT (93), Ansonia CT (94), New Haven CT (95), Branford CT (96), Guilford CT (97), Clinton CT (98), Essex CT (99), Old Lyme CT (100), Niantic CT (101), New London CT-NY (102), Mystic CT-NY-RI (103), Watch Hill RI-CT (104), Mount Kisco NY-CT (105), Pound Ridge NY-CT (106), Norwalk North CT-NY (107), Westport CT (108), Bridgeport CT (109), Milford CT (110), Woodmont CT (111), Glenville CT-NY (112), Stamford CT (113), Norwalk South CT (114), Sherwood Point CT-NY (115), Mamaroneck NY-CT (116), Unpublished Quad (1213), Unpublished Quad (1214), Unpublished Quad (1215), Unpublished Quad (1216), Orient NY (1217), Plum Island NY (1218), Unpublished Quad (1310), Unpublished Quad (1311), Unpublished Quad (1312), Unpublished Quad (1313), Bayville NY (1407), and Lloyd Harbor NY (1408). The USGS does not publish 7.5 minute topographic quadrangle maps for quad numbers 1213, 1214, 1215, 1216, 1310, 1311, 1312, and 1313. These quadrangles are either located in the middle of Long Island Sound (and are entirely coved by water) or include small land areas along the coast shown on the southern margins of the Branford CT (96), Guilford CT (97), Clinton CT (98) topographic quadrangle maps. The Branford, Guilford, and Clinton topographic maps include areas along the Connecticut shoreline slightly beyond their southern quadrangle boundary, which is defined as 41 degrees and 15 minutes of latitude. The additionally mapped areas on these 3 quadrangle maps include locations such as the Thimble Islands, Sachems Head, and Hammonnasset Point. These areas are actually located on unpublished quadrangles located to the south of the Branford, Guilford, and Clinton quadrangles - numbers 1213, 1214, and 1215. Unpublished quadrangle 1214 also covers Faulkners Island, which is in Long Island Sound off Guilford, Connecticut. The Orient NY (1217), Plum Island NY (1218), Bayville NY (1407), and Lloyd Harbor NY (1408) quadrangles include portions of Connecticut waters along the Connecticut-New York state boundary in Long Island Sound in addition to sections of Long Island, New York. These quadrangle maps do not contain any Connecticut landmass.
No restrictions or legal prerequisites for using the data. The data is suitable for use at appropriate scale, and is not intended for maps printed at scales greater or more detailed than 1:24,000 scale (1 inch = 2,000 feet). Although this data set has been used by the State of Connecticut, Department of Environmental Protection, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by the State of Connecticut, Department of Environmental Protection as to the accuracy of the data and or related materials. The act of distribution shall not constitute any such warranty, and no responsibility is assumed by the State of Connecticut, Department of Environmental Protection in the use of these data or related materials. The user assumes the entire risk related to the use of these data. Once the data is distributed to the user, modifications made to the data by the user should be noted in the metadata. When printing this data on a map or using it in a software application, analysis, or report, please acknowledge the State of Connecticut, Department of Environmental Protection as the source for this information. For example, include the following data source description when printing this layer on a map: Quadrangle Boundary - From the USGS 7.5 Minute Quadrangle Index Envelope (NAD83 Area) layer, published by the CT DEP. Source map scale is 1:24,000.
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The USGS 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle Index layer depicts the quadrangle boundary feature type shown on the 7.5 minute USGS topographic quadrangle maps as polygon features with boundaries originally based on a NAD83 horizontal datum rather than NAD27 used by the USGS to publish the topographic quadrangle maps. All attributes have valid values. Values are within defined domains. The accuracy test for the QUAD_NO attribute values was conducted by manually entering and visually inspecting and verifying the values. The QUADRANGLE attribute is the English language equivalent of (decodes) the QUAD_NO field values and was populated by joining the feature attribute data table to a lookup data table with QUAD_NO used as the relate key field. This lookup data table contain records with information that account for the unique occurrences of QUAD_NO. The origin and purpose of another quadrangle identifer attribute, QGNO, was unknown at the time this metadata was written.
Polygon features conform to the following topological rules. Polygons are single part. There are no duplicate polygons. Polygons do not self overlap. Polygons do not overlap other polygons. The tests of logical consistency were performed by the State of Connecticut using ESRI ArcInfo software to maintain feature topology in ArcInfo coverage format. The data is topologically clean. The ArcInfo Clean function was repeatedly used following edits to verify topology and enforce a minimum distance between vertices of 4 feet (fuzzy tolerance) and a minimum allowed overshoot length of 0 (zero) feet (dangle length).
The degree of completeness is based on the extent to which the data covers the geographic area of the State of Connecticut. The layer is complete because it includes quadrangle index polygon features for all of Connecticut, including areas defined by 7.5 minutes of latitude and longitude where the USGS published 1:24,000-scale topographic quadrangle maps and areas of 7.5 minutes of latitude and longitude entirely covered by water (in Long Island Sound) where the USGS did not publish 7.5 minute topographic quadrangle maps.
The horizontal positional accuracy of this data complies with the United States National Map Accuracy Standards for 1:24,000 scale maps. According to this standard, not more than 10 percent of the locations tested are to be in error by more than 1/50 inch (40 feet) measured on the publication scale of a USGS 7.5 minute topographic quadrangle map.
Coordinates defining corners of 7.5 minute quadangle maps used to generate Tic registration features (Tic ID, Longitude, Latitude). Example values for one row of quadrangles: 806,-73.75000,41.75000 807,-73.62500,41.75000 808,-73.50000,41.75000 809,-73.37500,41.75000 810,-73.25000,41.75000 811,-73.12500,41.75000 812,-73.00000,41.75000 813,-72.87500,41.75000 814,-72.75000,41.75000 815,-72.62500,41.75000 816,-72.50000,41.75000 817,-72.37500,41.75000 818,-72.25000,41.75000 819,-72.12500,41.75000 820,-72.00000,41.75000 821,-71.87500,41.75000 822,-71.75000,41.75000 823,-71.62500,41.75000 906,-73.75000,41.62500 907,-73.62500,41.62500 908,-73.50000,41.62500 909,-73.37500,41.62500 910,-73.25000,41.62500 911,-73.12500,41.62500 912,-73.00000,41.62500 913,-72.87500,41.62500 914,-72.75000,41.62500 915,-72.62500,41.62500 916,-72.50000,41.62500 917,-72.37500,41.62500 918,-72.25000,41.62500 919,-72.12500,41.62500 920,-72.00000,41.62500 921,-71.87500,41.62500 922,-71.75000,41.62500 923,-71.62500,41.62500
Coordinates used to generate quadrangle polygon label points (Tic ID, Longitude, Latitude). Example values for one row of quadrangles: 806,-73.68750,41.68750 807,-73.56250,41.68750 808,-73.43750,41.68750 809,-73.31250,41.68750 810,-73.18750,41.68750 811,-73.06250,41.68750 812,-72.93750,41.68750 813,-72.81250,41.68750 814,-72.68750,41.68750 815,-72.56250,41.68750 816,-72.43750,41.68750 817,-72.31250,41.68750 818,-72.18750,41.68750 819,-72.06250,41.68750 820,-71.93750,41.68750 821,-71.81250,41.68750 822,-71.68750,41.68750
Source of data for lookup data table joined to polygon features. Example values for one row of quadrangles: "Qgno","Quad_no","Quadrangle","Cttopo_flg","Ctquad_flg" 806,806,Verbank NY,F,F 807,45,Dover Plains,T,T 808,46,Kent,T,T 809,47,New Preston,T,T 810,48,Litchfield,T,T 811,49,Thomaston,T,T 812,50,Bristol,T,T 813,51,New Britain,T,T 814,52,Hartford South,T,T 815,53,Glastonbury,T,T 816,54,Marlborough,T,T 817,55,Columbia,T,T 818,56,Willimantic,T,T 819,57,Scotland,T,T 820,58,Plainfield,T,T 821,59,Oneco,T,T 822,822,Coventry Center RI,T,F
Index is in ArcInfo coverage format with polygon and tic features.
Quad_Index_NAD83_Area.shp is in ESRI Shapefile format with polygon features.
Quad_Index_NAD83_Area is in GeoDatabase Feature Class format.
Create 2005 Edition of Quadrangle Index - The automated process for creating the USGS 7.5 Minute Quadrangle Index (NAD83) is documented in an Arc Macro Language (AML) script named MAKEINDEX.AML for the USGS quadrangle map category of data for the State of Connecticut, Department of Environmental Protection. The MAKEINDEX.AML creates polygon features and assigns attribute information to these features based on information in three text files that specify and define polygon corner coordinates, polygon label point coordinates, and polygon attribute values. There are a number of steps in this process. To begin, two intermediate ArcInfo coveages were generated. An ArcInfo coverage named INDEXDD was generated that stored (preliminary quadrangle boundary) line features based on a fishnet-type grid orientation with an origin of -73.45,40.875 (SW corner of quad 116), an upper left coordinate of -73.75,42.25 (NW corner of quad 406), an upper right coordinate of -71.625,42.25 (NE corner of quad 422), and a cell size of 0.125,0.125 (7.5 minutes). These features represented lines of latitude and longitude spaced at 7.5-minute intervals. Tic features were also generated and added to this coverage base on coordinate values from Source 1 (tics.txt). Five vertices were added to each quadrangle boundary line feature at an interval of 0.021 minutes (0.125 / 6 = 0.021). Note, five vertices require 6 segments. These vertices were programmatically added to ensure that line features would accurately project from Geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude) by allowing them to curve at vertex locations as opposed to simply projecting a straight line between quadrangle corners. Note, quadrangle boundaries are not straight lines. A second ArcInfo coverage named LABELPOINTDD was generated based on values from Source 2 (labels.txt). These point features were purposefully located in the center of each quadrangle polygon feature. The INDEXDD and LABELPOINTDD coverages were projected to Connecticut State Plane, NAD83 and named INDEX1 and LABELPOINT, respectively. ArcInfo coverage Fuzzy and Dangle tolerance settings for INDEX1 were set to 4 and 10 feet, respectively. Based on the line feature geometry, polygon features were built and added to INDEX1. Additionally, point features from LABELPOINT were added to INDEX1 and used to attribute each polygon feature with the corresponding quadrangle number. An INFO data table based on Source 3 (quadata.txt) was subsequently appended to these polygon features to include additional information such as quadrangle map name. Finally, the USGS 7.5 Minute Quadrangle Index (NAD83) coverage was derived from a query-based selection of polygon features from INDEX1 by using an attribute value from Source 3 (CTQUAD_FLG = "T") that flagged the quadrangle polygon features necessary to cover the geographic area of the State of Connecticut. The name of the resulting ArcInfo Coverage is INDEX.
Export to Shapefile Format - Converted polygon feature data from ArcInfo Coverage named INDEX to a Shapefile named Quad_Index_NAD83_Area_Envelope.shp. Excluded the AREA, PERIMETER, INDEX#, and INDEX-ID attributes from the Shapefile because their values are only maintained by ArcInfo software with data that is in ArcInfo Coverage format. Includes all polygon features within (fishnet) envelope area covering Connecticut.
Convert to GeoDatabase Feature Class format - Defined new Feature Class named Quad_Index_NAD83_Area_Envelope; and imported the attribute definitions, loaded features and imported metadata from Quad_Index_NAD83_Area_Envelope.shp shapefile. Spatial Reference Properties for Feature Class: Coordinate System: NAD_1983_StatePlane_Connecticut_FIPS_0600_Feet XY Domain MinX: 100000; MaxX: 2247483.645 XY Domain MinY: 200000; MaxY: 2347483.645 Precision: 1000
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Internal feature number.
Quadrangle ID - Quadrangle Identifier. The GGNO attribute uniquely identifies 7.5 minute quadrangle areas in and nearby Connecticut.
Quadrangle Number - An ID number designated by the State of Connecticut, Department of Environmental Protection, Natural Resources Center in the 1980's to uniquely identify individual quadrangle maps.
State of Connecticut, Department of Environmental Protection
Quadrangle Name - Name of the quadrangle map published by the USGS
US Geological Survey
Use the QUAD_NO attribute to uniquely identify features.
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