Maps and Cartography

Maps and cartography are essential tools in geography that enable us to visualize and understand the Earth’s surface and its features.

Cartography is the art and science of creating maps, which involves the use of sophisticated technology and techniques to accurately represent the Earth’s physical and cultural features.

Maps provide a visual representation of the world, allowing us to identify patterns, explore spatial relationships, and navigate through unfamiliar terrain.

A symbols map using the height of cones in blue to show the number of annual visitors to each U.S. national park. The outline of the U.S. states is in gray.

Explore U.S. National Parks: Fun Map and Geography Trivia

Caitlin Dempsey

This interactive map lets you browse interesting geographical facts and trivia about the 61 U.S. national parks.

Shaded relief globe centered on Europe and Africa showing where the Prime Meridian and Equator cross in bold white lines.

What is at Zero Degrees Latitude and Zero Degrees Longitude?

Caitlin Dempsey

What can be found at zero degrees latitude and zero degrees longitude?

Shaded relief map of the world showing the five major lines of latitude.

Latitude and Longitude Explained: How to Read Geographic Coordinates

Caitlin Dempsey

Learn more about lines you see on a map running east-west and north-south called latitude and longitude.

World map created in 1514 by Oronce Fine (1494–1555) who was one of the first French scholars to work with cartography.

Cordiform: Heart-Shaped Map Projections

Caitlin Dempsey

Heart shaped map projections are known as cordiform map projections which is derived from the Latin "cor" for heart and form for shape.

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