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xkcd: Map Projections

xkcd: Map Projections | Geography Ed | Scoop.it

Geo-geek humor -- A cartoon strip on the projector in the 3 minutes before class can be a good thing.  I'm a Robinson. 


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Lisa Fonseca's comment, September 10, 2012 8:04 AM
Out of all these maps I found the Robinson, Van Der Grinten, and A globe to be my favorites. Out of the three I found the Robinson to be the best because is it almost similar to the cylindrical equal area projection. The middle areas are preserved but only the angles get distorted for a better view. I chose the globe projection too because if your trying to demonstrate the globe it doesn't just display all its continents, oceans, etc on one side. Therefore the globe gives the accurate idea of how certain features and land are represented on the actual globe.
Paige T's comment, September 10, 2012 8:05 AM
The Waterman Butterfly LOOKS really cool but seems like it is an over-complicated version of the Pierce Quincuncial (with Antartica shoved up into the "Atlantic Ocean"). Basically some of these just don't make sense. I would also have to go with the Goode Homolosine. It is the most accurate and even though it cuts through the oceans, you can still get a sense of the size and shape of the ocean. If you want to go for a boat ride, you'd be dumb to use this map anyways. The simile about the orange peel allows some perspective on this map projections also.
Jesse Gauthier's comment, September 10, 2012 8:06 AM
I feel the Robinson map is a closest representation of the world that is translated onto a 2-D map. All of the land masses and oceans look to be accurate without flattening the map completely and still having a curvature to it; which is more of a representation of the globe.
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What is Geo-literacy?

Geo-literacy extends far beyond knowing where places are on a map.  National Geographic Education has put an emphasis on geoliteracy, which entails spatial thinking skills and understanding systems in addition to content knowledge about locations and places. 


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Adam Lenaarts's curator insight, September 30, 2013 3:33 PM

Geo literacy explained to all people that don't know I Teacher Much more than just places...

Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 1, 2013 7:32 AM

Geo-literacy extends far beyond knowing where places are on a map.  National Geographic Education has put an emphasis on geo-literacy, which entails spatial thinking skills and understanding systems in addition to content knowledge about locations and places.

Kyle Kampe's curator insight, May 28, 8:09 PM

In AP Human Geo., this relates to the concepts of geo-literacy and spatial perspective because it indicates that for a population to be knowledgeable about geography, it must go above the mere rote memorization of toponyms and instead explore the spatial characteristics of places.