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.

This Detailed Map Shows 119 Years of Earthquakes

Caitlin Dempsey

The USGS has released a highly detailed and updated map of seismicity from 1900 to 2018.

Gallery of Map Monsters

Caitlin Dempsey

Here's a growing gallery of map monsters.

“K’yawakwayina:we (Waterways),” by Edward Wemytewa (2006). Image from UCLA Fowler Museum

Counter Mapping and Cultural Preservation

Elizabeth Borneman

A group of A:shiwi elders and artists are working to change how maps are drawn of their ancestral lands.

An Incredibly Detailed Map of the Moon’s Geology

Caitlin Dempsey

Entitled, "Unified Geologic Map of the Moon" the newly created map summarizes the current state of lunar geologic knowledge.

Mapping the Transportation Network of the Roman World

Caitlin Dempsey

ORBIS is a mapping project developed by researchers at Stanford that reconstructs the financial and spatial challenges of transporting goods and people during Roman times about 200 CE.