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Ready to step my game up, Please Help

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OK here's the deal, I've been re-creating actual cities but due to my limited knowledge (and I'll admit, my laziness), I have learned how to download actual data from the US Geological Survey.  So as you can imagine, my 'limited materpieces' are just that, LIMITED to being flat landscapes.  Since the landscapes are flat Im able to create the hydrology in those cities.  With elevation and not being able to form streams without gouging huge valleys, this is another reason why I've remained 'flat' for so long.

So everyone this is where I need your help.  I want to be able to downlownd from the USGS (How do I do that?), I'd also like to add realistic hydrology such as streams, ponds, etc (What are the names of those mods?), and anything else that you can thing of to add a more realistic, aesthetic city.  Thank you for your time and help.

Sim On!

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first of all, there's NO easy way to create any other water than sea-level water.

There's a plugin that allows you to "rain" water on certain areas and fill trenches and stuff, unfortunately this water isn't save-proof so you're bound to re-rain it every time you open the specific tile.

For this reason, there's many a plopable water plugin available to at least create the impression of actual rivers and seas above main sea level.

everything else concerning geography can be pulled from Moose's link

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there are also many packs for creating water ways, such as canal mods (4 or 5 different sets) and Peg's PPond kit, and a few others...the best bet for upgrading your game would be to check out (simpeg.com) and (SC4devotion.com) register and see what you can find there....also there are some maps here that can be downloaded that use real data from USGS. check out (drunkapple) his maps are scale accurate and depict 'real-world' terrains.

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Please  forgive my bad syntax, didnt proofread.  But I WANT to learn how to download from the USGS (where do I go to do that).  And thank you for the replies, definately gonna check out the mapping forum

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I think you'll find the USGS information in the mapping forum.  I don't know much about it, but the USGS site maps can surely be downloaded one way or another.  If nothing else, click on one and ask your browser to save it.

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