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Cartography: Thematic Map Design [Hardcover]

Borden Dent , Jeff Torguson , Thomas Hodler
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August 21, 2008 0072943823 978-0072943825 6
This introductory textbook introduces students to the different types of map projections, map design, and map production. Cartography is generally for a sophomore or junior level course for geography majors and many professors are beginning to introduce computer cartography throughout the course.

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 6 edition (August 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072943823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072943825
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not that great May 6, 2009
By Clyn
I think it's kind of ironic that this cartography book isn't in color. There's a whole chapter on color and it's in black and white. There's a few pages in the middle of the book with maps in color, but it seems kind of silly. For >$100, I want some color pictures.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, but black and white? January 25, 2014
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This is a veritable A-Z of cartographic representations of data. We learn about every aspect of the map, from fonts to legends, scales to symbology. There is little here that is missed as far as basic elements of cartography. Unfortunately, it does miss a couple critical aspects.
First, the book seems to have almost no awareness whatsoever of the existence of digital maps, easily the most important and prevalent form of map-making these days. Making maps for a screen is a very different animal from making them for paper. It's understandably harder to represent digital maps in book form, but to barely even mention them is bizarre.

The other glaring miss is color. It's almost unfathomable how a publisher could send a book about MAPS to print in black and white. There are a handful of color "plates" in the back, but the illustrations which accompany most of the text are grayscale only. I have never, ever been asked to turn in a black and white map. It is a difficult technique, and an incorrect one in most cases. This oversight seriously hinders what can be learned from this book, and there is little to learn here about the creative aspect of map-making.

Then again, I haven't found another book that does any better. Clearly there's an opening here for a worthy cartographer to write a replacement. Until then, this will have to do.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful book February 21, 2013
By Ellmau
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Well written and should be in any Cartographers or Photogrammetrist collection.

The topic of Map Projections was clear and the diagrams
clarifies the concepts.

Well done!

Delivered in great condition.
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