Geography 301 - Forsberg
Study guide for the final
great circle route
loxodrome (rhumb line)
- In order to present a useful and truthful
picture, why must an accurate map tell white lies?
- Explain how the word "map" has been
redefined by modern technology.
- What is the difference between a GIS and a map?
- Define "scale" and then explain how it limits
the amount and type of information that can be shown on a map.
- How are flat map projections created? How are
they distorted and why? Why is it important to match the projection to the
purpose of the map? What was the original purpose of creating the Mercator
- Why must the cartographer take into account the
perceptual limitations of all map readers?
- Compare and contrast the ways in which geometric
generalization and content generalization seek graphic clarity in mapping?
- What are some of the problems encountered in the
final process of printing any map, and of photocopying a color map in
black and white?
- Explain how map scale can be used to hide
information in the environmental assessment report of a development
project. Use an example from the book.
- Explain how map generalization can be used to
make an advertisement more persuasive and appealing. Use an example from
- Explain how maps can be used as political
propaganda to manipulate opinion Use an example from the book.
- Explain why so many Soviet era maps of Russia
were so inaccurate, and what technological innovation resulted in more
- Discuss the influence of the military on what is
shown on modern USGS topographic maps.
- A single set of numerical data can yield markedly
dissimilar maps depending on how the data is structured. Discuss these
effects of aggregation and/or categorization on how data is displayed on a
choropleth map using a specific example from the textbook.