This fall, I took a number of weekend hiking and camping trips into different parts of Northern Pennsylvania; to navigate these new areas, I found myself often referring to both physical maps as well as using my GPS for guidance. As I navigated using various maps to new locations, one striking thing occurred–I noticed the the ways in which nature is (mis)represented on these « everyday maps. » By everyday maps, I mean the kinds of basic navigation maps that are common: Google Maps, Bing Maps, GPS maps, and physical printed car maps and atlas maps. Today, I’d like to offer a druid’s perspective on cartography, do some local « remapping », and offer some alternative perspectives to every day mapping. I’m also going to offer some resources for those interested in tracking how land use has changed over a period of time.
Mapping as (Mis)Representational
Cartography is the science, study, and practice of…
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