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Father's Day This Weekend - Mappy Gift Ideas for Dads!

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Does Dad like maps?  Then how about expanding his horizons with a mappy gift for Father's Day? Here are a few ideas we "unearthed" for your consideration... Lots of dads like golf, and often entertain notions of playing the very best courses. If this sounds like your dad, why not give him a chance to fantasize about the next golf trip with this beautiful map? The map shows the location of all the premier golf courses throughout the US.   Maybe your dad is more of a soccer fan.  The World Cup is starting this week, and Atlas of Football...

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Grab a Map - It's Summer Road Trip Time

Posted by Barbara Fordyce on

June is here.  If you're thinking of a summer road trip, now's a good time to make a plan.  We put together a few themes to consider. National Parks Always Beckon Our nation is blessed with fantastic national parks, and every summer thousands of vacationers make a visit. NPS has put together a list of the iconic park road trips, mostly in the western US, with great info on roads, distances, what you'll see, popular activities, and more.  It's a great way to start your planning. When you include historical monuments, battlefields, military parks, seashores, and other significant areas, the...

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Creatives Make Royal Wedding Maps Fun

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With millions of people focused on London this week for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, maps are playing a very important role.  Visitors to London and viewers around the world want to know the exact details of the royal event. And although the route is simple, there are a myriad of graphic styles used to show it.  We collected a few of them here. Click through on your favorite for larger image. 1. Simple Map. Here's a basic map format, showing major streets and important locations along the procession route.  The image relies on the cute photo...

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China's Geographic Claims Causing T-shirt Controversy

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The Gap is the latest corporation to find itself in hot water over its depiction of the geography of China.  The problem rests with a simple outline map of China that appears on a Gap t-shirt.  The People’s Republic of China, colloquially known as "mainland China", or simply "China", asserts that the Republic of China, aka "Taiwan", is part of its sovereign territory and should appear on any country map.    The map of China used on the t-shirt does not include Taiwan.  Social media users in Canada complained about the map image when the shirt appeared on the Gap...

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Cartography, Still a Powerful Art

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Cartography is a unique blend of information and art, and unlike many other modern technological fields, cartography has a deep well of history informing it. History’s earliest known world map was scratched on clay tablets in the ancient city of Babylon sometime around 600 B.C., proving that the instinct to create a picture of of our place on earth has long existed in human culture. Many elements of modern cartography originated with the work of the Greco-Roman scholar Ptolemy, who produced the eight-volume textbook “Geography,” around 150 A.D.,  Ptolemy produced the first maps to use mathematical principles, and many of...

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