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Making National Geographic Maps

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This map of Cuba, National Geographic's first map of Cuba in over 100 years, has an incredible backstory. 

 

While touring the National Geographic headquarters, the cartographer Juan Valdés (pictured here with me) told me the story of his early days living in Cuba before Castro,  Pictured is one of his 36 meticulous drafts produced to create this cartographic masterpiece of his home country.  To hear it in his own words, embedded in this link is a 18 minute video of his talk at National Geographic on Cuba and the production of the map.  The last 7 minutes are especially helpful for mapping students to see all the decisions and stages involved in creating a professional reference map.

 

Tags: cartography, mapping, National Geographic, Latin America, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples.


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Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, February 6, 11:40 AM

The background story of the cartographer along with the explanation of how the map was made was very interesting.  The different steps involved in making a map were interesting and insightful.

James Hobson's curator insight, September 25, 10:46 AM

(Central America topic 3)

This video explains the numerous steps involved in mapmaking, the factors which relate to the process, and the difficulties that can be faced. In some ways the remapping of Cuba echoes the early mapping of America's western frontiers; previous data was few and far between,  and that which could be accessed was subject to inaccuracies and discrepancies. But perhaps in Cuba's case there was the benefit of technology, such as Google Earth. Especially since the embargoes, travel restrictions, and political tensions Cuba had become a frontier once again (at least cartographically speaking), and Valdés has helped to re-explore it.

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 16, 9:54 PM

For starters, these pictures were fascinating to look at. It was amazing to see how much time and effort goes in making just one map. The video was informative and really gives you an idea of the unique process that is being done. The pictures fascinated me the most though. You could just tell just by looking at the pictures that they take what they do seriously. Also, you can tell that they are passionate about what they do. You can especially tell that you yourself had a great time and that you were really interested in what was going on. It is really awesome that National Geographic interviewed you about your visit. In the video, it was nice that he started off with some background information about Cuba and the special times that he shared with his father that made him go into cartography. Overall, the pictures and the video were really a sight to see.

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Early World Maps

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I typically would not link to a Wikipedia article, but this one is not only well crafted, but represents an academic collaborative work in its own right.  This a fabulous cartographic gallery that explores the history of geographical thought through the ages (as archived in the earliest maps).  Enjoy the maps, and even more, the intellectual context that this article provides for each of these images.      


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Frozen Planet - An Interactive Exploration of the Poles

Frozen Planet - An Interactive Exploration of the Poles | Antarctica | Scoop.it

Very cool way to explore the colder realms of our planet.  This web-based "Google Earth-like" resource comes preloaded with layers  (ice extent, temperature, permafrost, biogeography, etc.) that would make for a great interactive lesson for many grade levels. 


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