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Why do we draw maps?

February 7, 2011

Posted by Larry P

Earlier today I spoke to a group of 9th graders. Their teacher had asked me to talk to her Earth Sciences class about maps, map making and what surveyors do.

They had talked about Map Projections. When I goggled Map Projections I found there are way more than I ever heard of.

Then I got to asking myself "Why Do We Draw Maps"?

The best answer I could come up with (for a 9th grade audience) is that maps are a very compact way to convey a tremendous amount of information. Maps are efficient at telling our clients what they need to know.

What do you think? Why do we draw maps?

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