Mapping Earth

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We use all kinds of maps -- road maps, subway maps, trail maps, and directions to a friend's house, just to name a few. And some maps measure everything from weather patterns and global temperatures to mountain elevations and changes in river courses. In Mapping Earth, Discovery Channel takes you on a voyage into the world of maps.

Explores the world of maps, from the earliest maps used by astronomers to the astronauts who are ...

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Overview

We use all kinds of maps -- road maps, subway maps, trail maps, and directions to a friend's house, just to name a few. And some maps measure everything from weather patterns and global temperatures to mountain elevations and changes in river courses. In Mapping Earth, Discovery Channel takes you on a voyage into the world of maps.

Explores the world of maps, from the earliest maps used by astronomers to the astronauts who are mapping the earth from space.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
For centuries, travelers relied on ancient maps drawn by cartographers who were uncertain what the area they were drawing actually looked like. Early exploration encouraged countries and explorers to create their own maps that were closely guarded against theft, but were still not entirely accurate. Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth century, instruments were designed to more accurately determine locations, but little advancement was made in the improvement of maps. The development of radar in the twentieth century allowed people to locate objects without seeing them and the technology was quickly adapted to mapmaking. Even more recently, satellites in orbit above the Earth have begun to continuously map the Earth's surface. Real time pictures are sent back to earth and compiled to show exact images of the earth's surface, including changes in temperature and the relative height and depth of features on Earth. Each page of this title is filled with color illustrations of maps and instruments used to make maps. Activities are provided throughout the text that are designed to help children better understand the information provided. This is part of the "Our Planet Earth" series. 2004, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 7 to 13.
—Danielle Williams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836833829
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Discovery Channel School Science Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Mapping the Earth 4
At-a-Glance
Photo Ops 6
Q&A
Mapping the World Over 8
Picture This
"Where Are We?" 10
Scrapbook
Tools of the Trade 12
Timeline
Weather or Not 14
Almanac
Lewis & Clark's Overland Adventure 16
Eyewitness Account
The Long Journey to Longitude 18
Heroes
Flat-Out Problem 20
Map
Deep-Sea Mission to Map 22
Virtual Voyage
Dinosaur Detective 24
Scientist's Notebook
Meltdown in Antarctica 26
Amazing but True
In Search of the Secret Stash 28
Solve-It-Yourself Mystery
Cartopia 30
Fun & Fantastic
Final Project: Do You Have the Map Knack? 32
Your World, Your Turn
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