A basic topographic survey at 1:25,000 scale was started in
the 1950s by the former USSR, and renewed and completed
by the Chinese during the period 1965-75. 1:10,000 scale
maps of the lowland areas were also compiled. The present
government mapping organization is the Army Topographic
Institute, (Institutin Topografik të Ushtrisë (ITU)), Tiranë,
established in 1975.
The country is completely covered by topographic maps at
scales of 1:25,000, 1:50,000, 1:100,000 and 1:200,000, and
1:10,000 scale mapping currently covers the western part of
the country. Maps are in six colors, with contour intervals
ranging from 80 m on the 1:200,000 scale series, via 40 m
on the 1:100,000 and 20 m on the 1:50,000 to 10 m on
the 1:25,000. Sheets are graticule-based with a 7.5' x 5'
format for the 1:25,000 scale sheets, 15' x 10' for 1:50,000 scale
and doubling again for 1:100,000 and 1:200,000 scales. The
projection is Gauss, Krassovsky ellipsoid. Recently, NIMA and NATO made
agreements with the Albanian government to aid revision
of the 1:50,000 scale mapping.
Soviet military topographic mapping of Albania exists at the following scales: 1:1,000,000 (2 sheets, complete coverage, published in 1990);
1:500,000 (4 sheets, complete coverage, published 1982-1989); 1:200,000 (12 sheets, complete coverage, published 1978-1988); 1:100,000 (37 sheets, complete coverage,
published 1976-1988); 1:50,000 (106 sheets, complete coverage, published 1974-1988) and city (1:10,000) topographic mappping of Durres and Tirana published between 1973 and 1975.
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