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LSGI 2B01 - Map Reading and InterpretationFinalSubmission:[Modern maps, more informative maps] Word count: 2385 wordsStudent Name:LIU YumengStudent ID:14110852dGroup ID:EWT005Date:2015/10/5IntroductionIt is antiquated to convey geographic information by using maps. However, we mustadmit that it is pretty efficient. According to Krygier and Wood (2011), comparingwriting and talking, maps is a really useful tool for people to convey locations. Withthe maps developing quickly, there is great human progress about commercial growth.According to Lemmens (2011), the maps development has contributed to the age ofdiscovering a lot. Nowadays, the map has become a so useful tool that it has been
applied for various kinds of fields such as military and transportation. To make thebest use of maps and make map-readers satisfied with maps, mapmakers should trytheir best to design informative maps. Actually, majority of people think that what themaps describe is really a fact. However, map does not have an absolute authority,which means the information on the map may be wrong and limited. Besides, it is nothard to make the maps present wrong information for mapmakers. Whileacknowledging the background of the maps, the essay will point out that the modernmaps can be not only the traditional patterns but also offer more useful information.The first part will show how maps describe spatial concepts more effectively thanmerely tabular data and textual descriptions. The second part will discuss somesituations in which readers could be misled by inaccurate information and give a setof entertaining examples of the misuse of maps in situations from zoning disputes tocensus reports, and covers all the typical kinds of distortions from deliberateoversimplifications to the misleading use of color. Finally, there will be a conclusionof the essay.Part One Change the traditional patternsPreviously, we can represent information by using tabular data and textualdescriptions efficiently. However, as the information era is developing quickly, it ishard for tabular data and textual descriptions to satisfy users’ all kinds of need.Crampton (2011) points out that the tabular data could present information in a systemway, but the information is not brief actually. Besides, on the one hand, uninterestingtextual descriptions cost much room. On the other hand, readers cannot get andunderstand the information easily to some degree. According to Turner (2008), asgeographic technology develops quickly, numerous researcher attempt to find ways topresent different kinds of information by maps. Like NASA (National Aeronautics
and Space Administration), it used a satellite map to describe the intensity of hazyweather in china in 2014. However, if we want maps to be used in more wide fields,we should come up with approaches to improving map quality and adding moreinformation. Then I will discuss several methods that mapmakers can convey moredata in maps.