map projection


November 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

This fun site is easy to use and visually appealing for users. A quick video gives a tutorial about CARTOGRAM MAPS and how to read it’s information. There are eleven topics that have the potential for animation: Area, Population, Wealth, Extraction, Emissions, Consumption, Historical Consumption, Reserves, People at Risk, Sea Level, and Poverty. You can kill two birds with one stone and see a ROBINSON PROJECTION in use before you distort [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Cartographic Decisions (2)

September 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

We continue our discussion of map projections as those blasted plastic shapes (literally) make their appearance, we go TANGENT on our maps, and realize that Mina has a penchant for sharp things. Click to enjoy! Other key terms covered: CONIC PROJECTION, CYLINDRICAL PROJECTION, PLANAR (AZIMUTHAL, ZENITH) PROJECTION, and INTERRUPTED [...]

INTERACTIVE: Compare Map Projections via

June 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

If you’re looking to show your students the quick difference between conic, cylindric, and planar-look no further. This great website by Tobias Jung compares 150+ different map projections. Remember that for Human Geography, our course description asks for students to: “Use and interpret maps” and understand, “All map projections (e.g., Mercator, polar) inevitably distort spatial relationships (e.g., shape, area, distance, direction).” Don’t be overwhelmed, this does not mean the goal is to memorize them all. Create a lesson showing students how cartographers attempt to show the round Earth on a projected flat surface. Students (or other interested parties), can select two maps to compare at once. You can have the kids select different aspects that you want them to compare and then write about the differences. Equidistant vs. Equal-Area? No problem! Check out the comparison website, it rocks. Thanks for the tip from our Facebook group for this [...]

INTERACTIVE: Map Projection- Google and Jason Davies

August 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Thanks to the Vsauce video, What Does the Earth Look Like,  we can use a few other helpful sites to interact with map projection. The first one is Google’s Mercator Map Puzzle where it gives you red country pieces that have distorted sizes and shapes. The player must drag the shapes around to find out what they “correctly” look like on a mercator map. The second interactive is Jason Davies’ interactive map projection website that allows the user to select a different map projection from a drop down and see how it effects the different shapes of the continents. Look for a worksheet that uses this website later. This one is [...]
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