Mapping the World (Watts Library)

Mapping the World (Watts Library)

by Walter G. Oleksy
     
 

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In ancient times, people knew little about the lands beyond their own or about Earth. It took the work and wisdom of explorers and mapmakers to create the first world maps. One early attempt at mapping the world was done in second century A.D. by Ptolemy. He compiled all the known information about the world's geography into a set of books. His work would be an… See more details below

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In ancient times, people knew little about the lands beyond their own or about Earth. It took the work and wisdom of explorers and mapmakers to create the first world maps. One early attempt at mapping the world was done in second century A.D. by Ptolemy. He compiled all the known information about the world's geography into a set of books. His work would be an important influence on world maps for centuries. Learn about how further exploration and new technologies led to more accurate maps of the world.

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Children's Literature
Every day surveyors, cartographers, and photogrammetrists work on data that ultimately translates into the most up-to-date maps available to various publics. The task of creating a map is one that may appear straightforward but actually involves very complex maneuvering. For example, how do mapmakers assure the accuracy of their artistic designs? The answer is a multifaceted one and may involve actions as simple as physically surveying the land depicted or the use of complicated satellite technology. Maps are commonplace objects that users appreciate but whose development is generally misunderstood. Author Walter Oleksy offers readers a look behind the veil of map making. In this book, the author initially touches upon a variety of historical impetuses that helped provide a market for early cartographers. Oleksy then details some of the technological tools utilized by map designers. Finally, the author describes some of the professions open to individuals interested in this area of geography. By relating this information in a well-honed way Walter Oleksy has provided younger readers with a fine introductory primer on maps. This is a nicely illustrated work and one that will afford its readers with the information they require to better appreciate the importance, usefulness, and history of maps. 2002, Franklin Watts, Romaneck

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531166369
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Series:
Watts Library: Geography
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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