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MAP REGIONS TO STUDY.pdf - Google Drive

MAP REGIONS TO STUDY.pdf - Google Drive | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Luke Walker's insight:

Study this map for your world regions.

You should also be familiar with where key terms, and topics discussed in class belong on this map. 

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Map: What if the largest countries had the biggest populations?

Map: What if the largest countries had the biggest populations? | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it

An interesting perspective on the world map. Interesting things to make note of:

1) The US, Brazil, Yemen, Ireland don't move.

2) North and South Korea are still next to one another.

 

 

Questions to Ponder:

Why do some countries move and others don't?

What does this tell you about the population sizes of the "West" vs. the "Rest"?

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Tim Wang's comment, October 26, 2012 10:28 AM
I think it is a pretty good idea, that not all the poor countries are squashed together. That somehow some of the rich countries that have big population can live beside the poor. They can help each other. The west needs labor, the rest needs money.
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United States MapMaker Kit

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MapMaker Kit. Download, print, and assemble maps of the United States in a variety of sizes. The mega map occupies a large wall, or can be used on the floor.

 

Have I ever wondered about how I can make a giant map? Why yes, I have indeed.

 

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Lalitesh Katragadda: Making maps to fight disaster, build economies | Video on TED.com

TED Talks As of 2005, only 15 percent of the world was mapped. This slows the delivery of aid after a disaster -- and hides the economic potential of unused lands and unknown roads.

 

Great TED talk in under 3 minutes. It highlights the importance of mapping our world and how we can improve our society through such efforts. Really makes a great argument for untapped global potential.

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How to create a map using BatchGeo

Quick 1 minute tutorial on using BatchGeo to create a map. This example shows copying data straight from Wikipedia and mapping, but you can also use spreadsh...

 

check out batchgeo.com ... it's a great tool for creating online maps.

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Selecting a Map Projection

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Video. Cartographers at National Geographic discuss how they select an appropriate map projection for the September 2012 magazine map supplement.
There is no one perfect map projection that fits all circumstances and situations.

 

 

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World Systems Theory Map (Core-Semi-Periphery Model)

World Systems Theory Map (Core-Semi-Periphery Model) | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it

See the visual breakdown of "the west vs the rest"

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World Tattoo

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I’m not a “tattoo guy,” but this is amazing.  On this map, you’ve got to earn the ink by traveling to the country.
Tags: images, art, cartography.

 

Some people really LOVE maps. Food for thought and discussion.


Questions to Ponder:
1) If you had a map tattoo, what countries would you have colored in?
2) Is it important to experience other parts of the world? 

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West Wing - Why are we changing maps?

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From season 2 - episode 16 "Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail" It's "Big Block of Cheese" Day, which means that Leo sends grumbling sta...See it on Scoop.it, via American History...

Great video segment on map perspective. The debate between Mercator and Peters projections, and social inequality through map making. 

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Map as Art

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There are many amazing examples of artists who turn to cartography and geography for inspiration. Whether through the lens of a camera, paint, ...

 

Maps can be creative works of art. Check out this creative use of mapping ideas in today's world. One of the images comes from Taipei!

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Making Sense of Maps

TED Talks Map designer Aris Venetikidis is fascinated by the maps we draw in our minds as we move around a city -- less like street maps, more like schematics or wiring diagrams, abstract images of relationships between places.

 

This video touches on numerous themes that are crucial to geographers including: 1) how our minds arrange spatial information, 2) how to best graphically represent spatial information in a useful manner for your audience and 3) how mapping a place can be the impetus for changing outdated systems. This is the story of how a cartographer working to improve a local transportation system map, which in turn, started city projects to improve the infrastructure and public utilities in Dublin, Ireland. This cartographer argues that the best map design for a transport system needs to conform to how on cognitive mental mapping works more so than geographic accuracy (like so many subway maps do).

 

 


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Jesse Gauthier's comment, October 14, 2012 3:42 PM
When trying to graphically represent spatial information in a useful manner for your particular audience, you will have a lot to take into consideration. How familiar are the travelers with the area you map out? Are there visuals to precisely mark on the map so that will they accurately correspond to the area?
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Google Street View Adds 400,000 Km of Roads, Biggest Update in History - Softpedia

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Google Street View Adds 400,000 Km of Roads, Biggest Update in History...including HUALIEN, TAIWAN!

One thing that I have noticed since moving to Taiwan is that some places are very much overlooked in google maps. This announcement is heartening, but also a greater indication of the expansion of geographic information systems and online mapping. 

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