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(Popular Science)   If you've ever wanted to trace the route of any waterway in the U.S., have we got a time-waster for you just a click away   (popsci.com ) divider line
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5190 clicks; posted to Geek » on 08 Sep 2013 at 1:58 PM (2 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-09-08 11:23:43 AM  
That's pretty cool.
 
2013-09-08 11:33:46 AM  
Traces aren't working for me.  I can zoom the map, but nothing happens when I click on a river.
 
2013-09-08 11:49:04 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Traces aren't working for me. I can zoom the map, but nothing happens when I click on a river.


You have to be zoomed in quite a bit to enable the "Trace Upstream" or "Trace Downstream" buttons.
 
2013-09-08 11:49:38 AM  
Not too proud to admit this is a bookmark
 
2013-09-08 12:02:56 PM  

bearded clamorer: Benevolent Misanthrope: Traces aren't working for me. I can zoom the map, but nothing happens when I click on a river.

You have to be zoomed in quite a bit to enable the "Trace Upstream" or "Trace Downstream" buttons.


Yeah - did that.  Zoomed in, got the butons, Clicked on several rivers - none of them would trace.  I got the rotating stars logo for a few seconds, but nothing new showed on the map.  No trace, nothing.  Same map.  In Firefox or IE.
 
2013-09-08 12:24:19 PM  
I wish it zoomed in another level or two.  I'd love to figure out how some of the local streams finally end up in the 2 major rivers around here.
 
2013-09-08 12:26:17 PM  
Not quite "any," subby. Several small named creeks and streams in my area not on the map, even at max zoom.
 
2013-09-08 12:28:04 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: bearded clamorer: Benevolent Misanthrope: Traces aren't working for me. I can zoom the map, but nothing happens when I click on a river.

You have to be zoomed in quite a bit to enable the "Trace Upstream" or "Trace Downstream" buttons.

Yeah - did that.  Zoomed in, got the butons, Clicked on several rivers - none of them would trace.  I got the rotating stars logo for a few seconds, but nothing new showed on the map.  No trace, nothing.  Same map.  In Firefox or IE.


I had to allow everything in NoScript to get it to work, if that's any help

/pretty cool when it does
//I CAN SEE WHERE I LIVE!
 
2013-09-08 01:05:31 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: bearded clamorer: Benevolent Misanthrope: Traces aren't working for me. I can zoom the map, but nothing happens when I click on a river.

You have to be zoomed in quite a bit to enable the "Trace Upstream" or "Trace Downstream" buttons.

Yeah - did that.  Zoomed in, got the butons, Clicked on several rivers - none of them would trace.  I got the rotating stars logo for a few seconds, but nothing new showed on the map.  No trace, nothing.  Same map.  In Firefox or IE.


As near as I can figure, you can only do traces from the little triangles. You can't just click on a river.
 
2013-09-08 01:21:16 PM  

mr_a: Benevolent Misanthrope: bearded clamorer: Benevolent Misanthrope: Traces aren't working for me. I can zoom the map, but nothing happens when I click on a river.

You have to be zoomed in quite a bit to enable the "Trace Upstream" or "Trace Downstream" buttons.

Yeah - did that.  Zoomed in, got the butons, Clicked on several rivers - none of them would trace.  I got the rotating stars logo for a few seconds, but nothing new showed on the map.  No trace, nothing.  Same map.  In Firefox or IE.

As near as I can figure, you can only do traces from the little triangles. You can't just click on a river.


Nope.  Still not working.  And I've turned off noscript, adaware, and all other potential conflicts.

Sighhhhh...
 
2013-09-08 02:11:55 PM  
If any of you really care, StreamStats from the USGS can provide approximate tributary areas and estimate stream flows at a given point for many parts of the US.  Given the limitations of available data and the calculation methodology used, nothing there should be considered anything but a rough approximation.  Still, useful stuff that's freely available if you're at-all interested...
 
2013-09-08 02:52:00 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: mr_a: Benevolent Misanthrope: bearded clamorer: Benevolent Misanthrope: Traces aren't working for me. I can zoom the map, but nothing happens when I click on a river.

You have to be zoomed in quite a bit to enable the "Trace Upstream" or "Trace Downstream" buttons.

Yeah - did that.  Zoomed in, got the butons, Clicked on several rivers - none of them would trace.  I got the rotating stars logo for a few seconds, but nothing new showed on the map.  No trace, nothing.  Same map.  In Firefox or IE.

As near as I can figure, you can only do traces from the little triangles. You can't just click on a river.

Nope.  Still not working.  And I've turned off noscript, adaware, and all other potential conflicts.

Sighhhhh...


Popup blockers?
 
2013-09-08 03:03:18 PM  

Speaker2Animals: Not quite "any," subby. Several small named creeks and streams in my area not on the map, even at max zoom.


It explains that due to the scale, the tributary needs to be longer than 15 miles.
 
2013-09-08 03:15:04 PM  

mr_a: Benevolent Misanthrope: mr_a: Benevolent Misanthrope: bearded clamorer: Benevolent Misanthrope: Traces aren't working for me. I can zoom the map, but nothing happens when I click on a river.

You have to be zoomed in quite a bit to enable the "Trace Upstream" or "Trace Downstream" buttons.

Yeah - did that.  Zoomed in, got the butons, Clicked on several rivers - none of them would trace.  I got the rotating stars logo for a few seconds, but nothing new showed on the map.  No trace, nothing.  Same map.  In Firefox or IE.

As near as I can figure, you can only do traces from the little triangles. You can't just click on a river.

Nope.  Still not working.  And I've turned off noscript, adaware, and all other potential conflicts.

Sighhhhh...

Popup blockers?


Nope.
 
2013-09-08 03:23:39 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: mr_a: Benevolent Misanthrope: mr_a: Benevolent Misanthrope: bearded clamorer: Benevolent Misanthrope: Traces aren't working for me. I can zoom the map, but nothing happens when I click on a river.

You have to be zoomed in quite a bit to enable the "Trace Upstream" or "Trace Downstream" buttons.

Yeah - did that.  Zoomed in, got the butons, Clicked on several rivers - none of them would trace.  I got the rotating stars logo for a few seconds, but nothing new showed on the map.  No trace, nothing.  Same map.  In Firefox or IE.

As near as I can figure, you can only do traces from the little triangles. You can't just click on a river.

Nope.  Still not working.  And I've turned off noscript, adaware, and all other potential conflicts.

Sighhhhh...

Popup blockers?

Nope.


I think your damned intertubes have a leak
 
2013-09-08 03:31:24 PM  
I did an upstream trace of the Monongahela river, clicked on "trace report" then "detailed". There isn't just one image you can save but there is this png (starting point is upper left but for some strange reason the segment from Pittsburgh to Turtle Creek is left out.)

nationalatlas.gov
 
2013-09-08 03:38:59 PM  
Well, it's time for me to quit my job and grab a kayak...
 
2013-09-08 04:26:57 PM  
Okay, this is a bookmark.
 
2013-09-08 04:55:25 PM  

Zombalupagus: Well, it's time for me to quit my job and grab a kayak...


I was actually doing this on Google earth to plan a couple kayak trips. The timing is oddly appropriate.

Also not a bookmark for when I'm not on my phone.
 
2013-09-08 05:48:47 PM  
There are areas in upstate New York where you can find three creeks within a short distance of each other - one drains north through the Finger Lakes into Lake Ontario, out through the St. Lawrence to the north Atlantic, one drains southward and drains out the Chesapeake Bay, and the third drains southwest towards the Ohio River, and ultimately the Mississippi and out into the Gulf of Mexico.

I've always thought it cool that you could have a few local streams in close proximity, that ultimately meet the ocean at points thousands of miles away from each other.
 
2013-09-08 06:13:17 PM  
That's awesome.  I am definitely going to use this soon.  Thanks Subby!

/not a time waster though
 
2013-09-08 07:39:20 PM  
Soooo cool.  When the water runs out in New Mexico, we'll be able to tell where it used to be.
 
Skr
2013-09-08 07:57:52 PM  
Just went to Itasca, headwaters of the Mississippi, over the weekend. Was amused to jump over the mighty trickle at that point. Very pretty area. The history behind finding the beginning of the Mississippi is pretty interesting. Wonder what the pioneers would think of fun little time wasters like this river app.

Think it is pretty cool meself.
 
2013-09-08 08:47:29 PM  
Awesome. Thanks, subby.
 
2013-09-08 08:48:02 PM  

95BV5: Speaker2Animals: Not quite "any," subby. Several small named creeks and streams in my area not on the map, even at max zoom.

It explains that due to the scale, the tributary needs to be longer than 15 miles.


The Musconetcong River (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musconetcong_River ), 45 miles long, and which drains from the largest lake in NJ (Lake Hopatcong), somehow didn't make it on their map.
 
2013-09-08 09:08:52 PM  
Hmm the saint lawrence river can't be traced.
 
2013-09-08 10:27:31 PM  
Nice! Thanks!
 
2013-09-09 09:52:25 AM  
Yep. Bookmarked and emailed to my BIL. He's in to this kind of shiat big time. When we went to his place for supper last night, he thought it was pretty cool and could be a useful tool in his work.
 
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