Prospectors Research Tools

Clay Diggins

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Prospector's Research Tools

I haven't been around much this summer and with the desert prospecting season just starting it's a good time to show off what I did this long hot summer. I have been working with a few friends on a new non-profit organization to give you a single place for all your land research.

The result is MyLandMatters.Org. This is the gateway to your land information repository. Maps, books, tutorials, community resources and quality, easy-to-access information about the land around you.

No ads, No memberships, No log-in required. :thumbsup:

This past spring while sitting around with some friends we came to the conclusion that most of the important and useful things that we want to know about the land around us was difficult to locate and tough to understand. Despite the many sources of information there was no single place to find the information available.

We decided we could do something about that. We agreed to put our time and energy into creating a single place that anyone could find the answers to questions about the land.

It's a big project. It has taken a lot of work, learning and resources to get things started. But after six months of long days, and more than a few nights, the Land Matters repository is ready for you to use.

Land Matters is all about the land. You can find Land Status Maps, Active Mining Claims Maps (with live direct links into the current LR2000 claims database), A great collection of mining books, Land Laws, Geology books and maps, Forest Travel Plans and a whole lot more.

Land Matters is for land users. Our collections are guided by community input. That's you. Let us know what kind of material you would like to find in our Library or a particular map you would like to see. Help us build Land Matters to best serve the community.

We've already got a lot of things that prospectors have been asking for - the claims maps alone were almost universally requested. Land Matters isn't just for prospectors and miners. But you can help prioritize our efforts and drive the content of Land Matters. Prospectors now have a unique opportunity to help guide and build an information resource designed by prospectors and for prospectors.

We are just getting started filling the Library but there will be hundreds of books, maps and items added in the next few weeks. We've even got a Newsletter so you can get regular updates about new additions to the Land Matters repository.

Check it out and let me know what you think. Here are a few good places to start:

Tutorials - the current focus is on understanding Land Status.
Maps - We all like maps and we've got some you will love.
Library - search for something.

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Land Matters updated their mining claim maps last Friday morning.

We are back on schedule and will be updating claims maps twice a month just as we have done since 2014. The next update will be next week. :thumbsup:

It's a booming mining year! There have been more than 104,000 new mining claims located since last September. It's mining season all across the United States.

It's still out there. Go get U sum!

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I saved MyLandMatters.Org to my favorites a wealth of information but when I try to search its layer after layer to get down close or even near the area I'm trying to look at. I don't see an option to type in a road or address.
 
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I saved MyLandMatters.Org to my favorites a wealth of information but when I try to search its layer after layer to get down close or even near the area I'm trying to look at. I don't see an option to type in a road or address.
Forget Google maps for a minute - Land Matters maps do more but they work different. . Land Matters maps have a zoom tool that lets you draw a box around the area you want to see on the map. Just click, drag and release when the red box is around your area of interest. The map will automatically zoom to the area you selected.

Want to go back to where you were before the zoom? Just click on the left (back) arrow in the map tools, the map will zoom to the last area you were mapping. The forward and back buttons are unlimited so you can go back and forth as far as you want as many times as you want. You can even change what shows on the map as you go back and forth.

To find a particular road, city, mining claim, forest or any other feature on any Land Matters map use the binocular search tool. Literally anything on the map can be searched for and zoomed to with this tool. You can even combine searches so you only get the road section in a certain county or get all the mining claims owned by one person. It's a very powerful tool.

All these tools and a lot more are described in detail, with illustrations and instructions on each map. Click the HELP button, in the window that opens click a map tool name like "SEARCH" or "ZOOM" and another window with detailed information on how to use the tool will open.

There is a wealth of information on Land Matters maps. If we were just presenting streets, cities and the address for the pizza place like the other online maps we probably would have made a map system like google maps - except they already did that quite well.

To present more information on a map you need different tools than the ordinary web map. We've tried to create a mapping system that is interactive (unlike web maps), has the ability to guide the user to vetted sources of information (unlike web maps) and do so in a secure online mapping application that doesn't track users, sell advertising, or share user information (unlike ALL web maps).

Land Matters map system is different from any other. It does have a learning curve. I think once you learn to use the system you will find it very useful. Look through the help section, spend a little time getting used to the tools and then please come back and tell us where we went wrong, what could work better or what features you would like to see added. Land Matters really is guided by user requests, what we do next is determined by our users. :thumbsup:

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