USGS Globe Series

USGS Globe series, all globes are 1:32,000,000






Lowell’s map of Mercury (1902)

Source: P. Lowell:  New observations of the planet Mercury. 

Cambridge, J. Wilson and son, 1902. In Memoirs of the American academy of arts and sciences, n.8., v.12, no.4

The book also includes tens of drawings of Mercury.

According to the author, the planet is “covered with long narrow markings best explained as the result of cooling”, and Mercury “is a world as dead as the Moon, but differently brought to that condition”. The map shows an elliptical view because Lowell thought that Mercury is “an ellipsoid”.


MIIGAiK’s Map of Mercury (1992)

Source: Bugaevsky L.M., Shingareva K.B., Krasnopevtseva B.V et al. Atlas Planet Zemnoi Gruppy i ih Sputnikov («Атлас планет земной группы и их спутников».). MIIGAiK, 1992. Moscow
Scale: 1:35 000 000
Note: This is a geologo-morphologic map. The Atlas contains several additional thematic maps of Mercury
The online version of the Atlas is available at



Base maps


Dresden Map of Mercury (2005)

Title: Merkur
Map editor: M.F.Buchroithner (Dresden University of Technology)
Map consultants: B. V. Krasnopevtseva, K. B. Shingareva, Moscow State University for Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK).
Cartographers: R. Franke, R. Pässler, M. Tusche, Dr. O. Wälder
Reference: Kira B. Shingareva, Jim Zimbelman, Manfred F. Buchroithner and Henrik I. Hargitai (2005): The Realization of ICA Commission Projects on Planetary Cartography  Cartographica, vol. 40, no. 4 /Winter 2005 pp 105-114 (pdf download)
Language of nomenclature: Latin
Language of explanations: English, German, French, Spanish, Russian
Map type: Monochromatic Shaded Relief / Albedo
Scale: 1: 18 000 000
Projection: Lambert Transversal Equivalent Azimuthal Projection
Publisher: Institute for Cartography, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
Publication Place: Dresden, Germany
Publication Date: 2005