Cheryl Wynn February 22, 2021 Map
Many but not all maps are drawn to a scale, allowing the reader to infer the actual sizes of, and distances between, depicted objects. A larger scale shows more detail, thus requiring a larger map to show the same area. For example, maps designed for the hiker are often scaled at the ratio 1:24,000, meaning that 1 of any unit of measurement on the map corresponds to 24,000 of that same unit in reality; while maps designed for the motorist are often scaled at 1:250,000. Maps which use some quality other than physical area to determine relative size are called cartograms. A famous example of a map without scale is the London Underground map, which best fulfils its purpose by being less physically accurate and more visually communicative to the hurried glance of the commuter. This is not a cartogram (since there is no consistent measure of distance) but a topological map that also depicts approximate bearings. The simple maps shown on some directional road signs are further examples of this kind.
Cartographers use a system called projection to depict the three-dimensional data of the surface of the Earth to a two-dimensional presentation. The Mercator Projection is the most popular projection for the map of the world. In the aeronautical realm, they use conical projections. With the galloping strides in the information technology, cartography has attained greater sophistication. Geographic Information System (GIS) has made it more scientific, accurate and adaptive to fluctuations in various fronts. Labeling is the system of specifying geographic features like cities, lakes, rivers, etc. in a map. For cartographers, labeling is difficult with the increase in density. Maps are created for the world, the continents, the countries, the provinces or states, smaller units like districts, cities, towns, etc.
It is estimated that almost $800 billion will be spent on travel and tourism in 2011 and nearly two billion business and leisure trips will be made in the United States alone. How will these travelers discover where to stay, eat, shop and play? How will they learn about the businesses in your town? When I travel or visit a new place I look for fun and informative maps to help me plan my trip before I go. I want to learn a little about the area, find places to stay, and know what to expect when I get there. Once I arrive at my destination I need an easy way to find nearby attractions, restaurants and other businesses. Getting a sense of the neighborhood and some background information makes my visit more enjoyable. An interactive map can display photos, videos and descriptions of hotels, points of interest, historic sites, shopping areas or museums, and you can click right from the map to advertiser web sites to book accommodations or get more details. Does your community have an interactive map to promote tourism?
Chennai, the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, presents an outstanding blend of traditionalism and modernity. It is regarded as the cultural hub of South India and the Detroit of India, both. Ancient temples, long traditions of music, arts and dance, and age-old customs make it the foremost place in South India to understand the regional culture. Modernity, on the other hand, is reflected in its being a major IT hub in the country and the choicest city for the automakers to build their main manufacturing units. The tall skyscrapers and contemporary buildings will convince you of the same. The fourth most populous metropolitan area in India, Chennai is only the third, after Mumbai and Delhi, in the number of expatriates in the country. Definitely the most sought-after city in South India, it has been ranked as the only city in South Asia to go around the world by a leading international journal.
The Interest in Old Maps Many people around the world specifically collect antique maps. Old maps have a certain undefinable charm. Maps are a sufficiently commonplace item that even an old world map is still familiar enough to have emotional resonance, but an old world map is still different enough by itself to be interesting. People who are interested in history will automatically become drawn to old maps, which are fascinating historical documents in their own right and can reflect historical geographical divisions. Decorative Ancient Maps Many people hang their ancient maps around their homes or at their offices. Old maps are especially appropriate for educators and people work in academia, given their inherent educational value. They add a certain sophistication to any room, and they can quickly become great conversation pieces.
The use of different learning styles within the classroom has long been a core teaching strategy, and with the exam season upon us again, the need to find effective methods which allow learners to condense key information into memorable chunks becomes even more pressing. Keywords are a useful starting point, but adding structure to these is important if disparate pieces of information are to be linked into a coherent story. This is where visual mapping can play a key role. Although most people viewing a mind map or concept map will initially consider the words themselves to have the most importance, positioning of these words within the diagrams also holds key information. In mind maps, the overarching idea of the diagram will be found at the centre, with topics of reducing levels of importance radiating out from this until the detail resides at the edges. Related wedges may be shown by the use of different colours, and pictures and other aide memoire are also recommended to bring the creative mind into play. Links, in the form of simple lines, usually show a number of branching pathways radiating out from the centre, giving a spider web structure to the final map.