To the left of the map, below the plus and minus zoom buttons, is the Exploration Tools button, which has a tool box on it. Clicking on the button will cause a small window to appear over the map.  The exploration tools includes the Measure Tool, Elevation Profile Tool, and the Show your location tool. Clicking on one of these tool buttons causes the button to turn from blue to orange to indicate that the tool is active.

Measure Tool

This tool computes the distance between selected points on the map. When the Measure Tool button is selected, a blue dialog box will appear below the tool button with instructions on how to use the tool. Also, the user’s cursor will change from their chosen default pointer to a cross-hair. Locate the starting point on the map where you want to measure a distance, click on it, and then move the cross-hair to another point or the end point. If the next point is an intermediary point then click once there. Double-click on the end point to complete definition of the shape for which the length is needed. The total length will appear in the blue dialog box which previously provided instructions for use of the tool.

Elevation Profile Tool

This tool produces a plot of the elevation profile between selected points on the map and a listing of the data used to plot the profile. As with the Measure Distance tool, when the Measure Tool button is selected, the user’s cursor will change from their chosen default pointer to a cross-hair. Locate the starting point on the map where you want to begin the elevation profile, click on it, and then move the cross-hair to another point or the end point. If the next point is an intermediary point then click once there. Double-click on the end point to complete defining the extent of the desired cross section. The Exploration Tools window will then be replaced by a plot of the elevation profile. Below the plot will be listing of the data used to create the plot, including the latitudes, longitudes, elevations, and distances from the initial point. At the bottom of the data listing are buttons allowing downloading of the data to a comma-delimited (.csv) file, printing of the output, and closing the window.

Show Your Location

The Show Your Location tool is primarily for use of StreamStats on mobile devices. Clicking on the button will cause the map to redraw centered on the user’s location, with a blue dot shown at the user’s location.