Dynamic Digital Maps and other SuperCard Open Source Products

Chris Condit - ccondit@geo.umass.edu

(Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1984)

Associate Professor, Univ. Massachusetts, Amherst

Chris has been involved over the last eight years with using SuperCard to create prototypes for disseminating data-intensive geologic maps and information as stand-alone (encapsulated) programs. Below is a short list of links to other documents and to a list of Macintosh programs you can download from this site on these topics. Many of the links are to documents containing screen-grabs showing the various programs Chris has worked on.

Chis has concentrated his recent efforts on porting his SuperCard work to Revolution/MetaCard, and has posted beta versions of a Dynamic Digital Map of New England (DDM-NE) and the Tatra San Pedro Volcanic Complex (in the Andes Mountains of Chile, DDM-TSP) at the below URL. The DDMs posted include Win32 and Macintosh versions. They access their data (images and maps) via the web, and thus need fast web access, unless you have a CD containing the associated map and image data. See the below link to download the core program.


Link to a page with links to downloads of the Win32 and Macintosh beta versions created with Revolution/MetaCard of the DDM.NE and the DDM-TSP, new as of January 2003.

Link to a page with description of April 2000 release of the Department of Geosciences Contribution No. 72 entitled Dynamic Digital Maps: A Macintosh CD-ROM, a 46 page pamphlet and CD that includes three DDMs, the Dynamic Digital Map Template and DDM.Template Cookbook on how to make DDMs.

Link to a page with description of and access to downloading an abbreviated version of the Dynamic Digital Map of New England. The entire DDM.NE is contained on the CD included with Dept. Contrib. No. 72

Link to a page with access for downloading the 2000.09.20 versions of the Dynamic Digital Map of the SPRINGERVILLE VOLCANIC FIELD. The newest version of DDM.SVF is also contained on the CD included with Dept. Contrib. No. 72

Link to a description of first digital map published on CD-ROM by the Geological Society of America from the April 1995 issue of GSA Today (Condit, 1995, p. 69, 87-88).

Take a tour of "Mars Geologic Landform Atlas and Reference Source (MGLARS)" a computer-graphical Atlas.

Take a tour of the Springerville Volcanic Field Eruption Pattern Program. The program, which you can download below, displays the geographic pattern of the vent eruptions through time, set on a shaded relief map back-drop. You can set periods of time to watch which vents erupt, and assign a distinct color to vents of each period (the results can be saved to disk as an image). A click on a vent allows you to examine the major, trace-element, isotopic and mineral chemistry of the rocks. A recurrence rate map is also included.

Take a look at the description of Chris's DDM-Tutorial: A Prototype Tutorial to Using SuperCard in Making Dynamic Digital Maps. The purpose of this version of the tutorial, which requires SuperCard 2.6 to use, is to give you a "jump-start" into the use of SuperCard.in making an interactive or "dynamic" color map in the form of a stand-alone application (See below to download these files). The newest version of Tutorial, which requires SuperCard v. 3.6 to use, is contained on the CD included with Dept. Contrib. No. 72


Download a demonstration version (DDM.SVF.Demo) updated 2000.09.20 of Chris's Dynamic Digital Map of the Springerville Volcanic Field. (Macintosh file, compressed 7.7 MB, expanded 13.7 MB). A look at the GSA article while using the program, will, I hope, convince you of the viability of publishing data-intensive-high-quality color maps in this SuperCard format.

Download (Macintosh file, 3.4 MB) a version dated (02/23/98) program that lets you examine some of the images and data from the October 1996 issue of GSA Bulletin by Condit and Connor (p. 1225-1241) on the recurrence rates of basaltic volcanism in the Springerville volcanic field of east-central Arizona.

Download the Tutorial to Using SuperCard in Making Dynamic Digital Maps (four Macintosh files, 242K total size), updated 2000.04.04. The newest version of Tutorial is contained on the CD included with Dept. Contrib. No. 72

Download a copy of Open File Report 93-526: The Generation of Raster-format Geologic Maps Using Digital Image-processing on the Macintosh Computer: A tutorial guide, by Christopher D. Condit and Alex V. Acosta, 1993. This report is a 63-page tutorial guide (booklet) to the use of digital image processing on the Macintosh computer as a tool for map generation. The procedures described will enable the reader to produce digital maps in raster (bit-mapped) format that are stored on disk. Report includes 5 text files, 4 program files, 59 image files, 15 ASCII data files, and 18 CLUT files, all in a self-extracting archive (SEAs). Requirements to use the tutorial: any Macintosh with an 8-bit (256) color monitor and 8 MB of RAM, a 20-MB hard disk, and Macintosh System 7.0.0 or higher. The tutorial guide (in MS Word 5.1 format) is included as one of the SEA text files. The included ReadMe file gives installation instructions.

Updated 2003.01.31

Download a full version of Paul Wernau's senior project Below Sea Level, Unlocking the Secret 70% (Macintosh file, 15.7 MB), updated to Mac OS 8 compatibility 3/2/98. This is an interactive program designed to teach people 12 and up about the basics of plate tectonics, mid-ocean ridges, seafloor sediments, and other interesting aspects of marine geology. Its presentation is very general and the program is intended to be a fun way to learn, incorporating sound bites and QuickTime movies whenever possible. README for Below Sea Level (Text File, 2K). Paul can be reached at: Paul.Wernau@NO_SPAM@NO_VIRUS@sun.com. The newest version of Below Sea Level is contained on the CD included with Dept. Contrib. No. 72

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