Maps and Mapmaking
Maps have the ability to educate us in countless ways. These volumes give the reader an indepth view of eight regions of the world -- all through the fascinating, scientific art of mapmaking. Accessible and detailed maps introduce young explorers to the diversity of each region. Each map provides a complete picture of the area studied and how it has evolved over the centuries, covering not only the region's climate and weather, but also its transportation, major crops, religious affiliations and political boundaries. The thoughtful text explains and expands upon the information in the maps -- detailing not only how data was compiled but also how it has changed since the first maps were drawn thousands of years ago. Included in each volume are a glossary, an index and a bibliography.
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The Importance of Maps
The Birth of Modern Mapmaking
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4-4 Opposite Abraham Ortelius accurate maps aerial photographs airplanes ancient angle astrolabe atlas backstaff camera cartographers Cassini charts Christopher Columbus chronometer color Columbus commercial map continents created cross-staff degrees longitude detail Digital Map Set distribution map Earth's circumference Edward Belcher engraving equals one mile establish latitude Europe example exploration Ferdinand Magellan Geographical Society Greek image of Baghdad invented kilometers land masses latitude and longitude Lines of longitude lithography locate points mapmaking maps became maps help maps show maps today Mars Global Surveyor measuring the altitude Mercator projection Mercator's Meriwether Lewis million years ago moon navigators North and South ocean orbit Ortelius Ortelius's Pacific Physical Map planet portolan portolan chart prime meridian Ptolemy Ptolemy's quadrant Rand McNally River road maps route to Asia satellite image scientists sextant shown sonar South Poles surveying Terra Australis topographic maps Unknown Southern Land voyage world map