LSGI2B01 - LSGI 2B01 Map Reading and Interpretation Final...

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LSGI 2B01 - Map Reading and Interpretation Final Submission: [Modern maps, more informative maps] Word count: 2385 words Student Name: LIU Yumeng Student ID: 14110852d Group ID: EWT005 Date: 2015/10/5 Introduction It is antiquated to convey geographic information by using maps. However, we must admit that it is pretty efficient. According to Krygier and Wood (2011), comparing writing and talking, maps is a really useful tool for people to convey locations. With the maps developing quickly, there is great human progress about commercial growth. According to Lemmens (2011), the maps development has contributed to the age of discovering 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 the best use of maps and make map-readers satisfied with maps, mapmakers should try their best to design informative maps. Actually, majority of people think that what the maps 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 not hard to make the maps present wrong information for mapmakers. While acknowledging the background of the maps, the essay will point out that the modern maps 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 than merely tabular data and textual descriptions. The second part will discuss some situations in which readers could be misled by inaccurate information and give a set of entertaining examples of the misuse of maps in situations from zoning disputes to census reports, and covers all the typical kinds of distortions from deliberate oversimplifications to the misleading use of color. Finally, there will be a conclusion of the essay. Part One Change the traditional patterns Previously, we can represent information by using tabular data and textual descriptions efficiently. However, as the information era is developing quickly, it is hard 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 system way, but the information is not brief actually. Besides, on the one hand, uninteresting textual descriptions cost much room. On the other hand, readers cannot get and understand the information easily to some degree. According to Turner (2008), as geographic technology develops quickly, numerous researcher attempt to find ways to present different kinds of information by maps. Like NASA (National Aeronautics
and Space Administration), it used a satellite map to describe the intensity of hazy weather 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 more information. Then I will discuss several methods that mapmakers can convey more data in maps.

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