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USGS cartographers first leveraged cartographic decisions made for the USGS 1:24,000/1:25,000-scale map series requirements, and for the new US Topo product using diverse landscape sample areas, such as varying densities of features, rural vs. urban, land cover, and territorial differences, for testing the base map at each scale. They also compared popular base maps already in use. The goal for cartography was to have a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) experience when you download data or the US Topo product, so decisions were made to show features for which you can download.