The British Virgin Islands are a British colony with internal
self-government. They have been mapped by the British
Directorate of Overseas Surveys (now Ordnance Survey
International (OSI)). Some early mapping was done in the
late 1940s using USAAF photography, but the principal
series at 1:25,000 scale (DOS 346) was compiled in 1959
using 1953 air photography, and was published in 1960.
The current sheets in this series are in their third or fifth
editions, having been revised from 1981 photography, from
incomplete 1:2,500 scale mapping and from field compilations.
Sheet 6 Anegada, a low-lying coralline island, is a
color photomap published in 1977; the other five sheets
are conventional five-color line maps all published in 1984.
They have 25 ft contours, UTM grid, and the projection is
Transverse Mercator, Clarke 1866 ellipsoid.
In 1982, a derived tourist map of the whole island group
was published at a scale of 1:63,360 (DOS 446), superseding
an earlier general map at 1:100,000 scale. This map has
250 ft contours and the relief is enhanced with layer tints
and hill shading. There is an alphanumeric grid based on
the UTM, and an inset map of Road Town. A new edition
was published in 1991.
1:2,500 scale maps covering Tortola, Virgin Gorda and part
of Jost Van Dyke (DOS 046) were published between 1972
Soviet military topographic mapping of the British Virgin Islands is available at the following scales: 1:1,000,000 (1 sheet, complete coverage, published in 1966);
1:500,000 (1 sheet, complete coverage, published in 1979) and 1:200,000 (2 sheets, complete coverage, published 1966-1967). These products are available in print, digital raster
and digital vector GIS formats from East View Geospatial.
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