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Winn McArthurLand Map On May 20th, the U.S. Geological Survey showed off the newest version of the National Land Cover Database for the United States. The Land Cover Database this year is the deepest in history. The 2016 version covered the change in the lower 48 states from 2001 to 2016. During the 15 years, around ten percent of the land changed significantly. “By far the greatest change across the U.S. since 2001 has been in forest lands; comprising about half of all land cover change,” said USGS NLCD manager Collin Homer. Homer then went on to talk about the causesof the big changes, which are forest harvest, fire, and pests. The Land Cover Database includes seven different maps that show the nation’s land and changes for 2001 through 2016. The maps change every 30-meter area of land across the country into 16 distinct thematic classes such as
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