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Why North is up : map conventions and where they came from  Cover Image Book Book

Why North is up : map conventions and where they came from

Summary: Many people have a love of maps. But what lies behind the process of map-making? How have cartographers through the centuries developed their craft and established a language of maps which helps them to better represent our world and users to understand it? This book tells the story of how widely accepted mapping conventions originated and evolved - from map orientation, projections, typography and scale, to the use of colour, map symbols, ways of representing relief and the treatment of boundaries and place names. It charts the fascinating story of how conventions have changed in response to new technologies and ever-changing mapping requirements, how symbols can be a matter of life or death, why universal acceptance of conventions can be difficult to achieve and how new mapping conventions are developing to meet the needs of modern cartography. Here is an accessible and enlightening guide to the sometimes hidden techniques of map-making through the centuries.

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  • ISBN: 9781851245192
  • ISBN: 1851245197
  • Physical Description: print
    vii, 224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Oxford : Bodleian Library, 2019.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [218]-220) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction -- North : this way up -- Latitude & longitude : location, location, location -- Map projections : distorting the earth -- Grids : squaring up -- Scale : size matters -- Legends : what does it all mean? -- Ornament : art meets science -- Map symbols : conventional signs -- Point symbols : X marks the spot -- Line symbols : keeping on track -- Area symbols : what's the difference? -- Colour : deep blue sea? -- Generalization : fake maps? -- Spot heights & soundings : on the dot -- Hachures : sloping off -- Contours & isboaths : on the level -- Layer colours : rose-tinted -- Hill shading : out of the shadows -- Place names : putting a name to it -- Boundaries : drawing the line -- Topography : keep it clear -- Qualitative thematic maps : what do we have here? -- Quantitative thematic maps : how many are there? -- Geological maps : what lies beneath -- Hydrographic charts : bon voyage -- Military maps : friend or foe? -- Global mapping : let's stick together -- Different perspectives : picture this -- Digital & online mapping : in our hands -- Interactive maps & democratization : MIY-map it yourself.
Subject: Cartography
Cartography History

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