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Jeffrey S.TorgusonSt. Cloud State University

Maps are essential to the discipline of geography because they constitute the language with which all geographers communicate. Regardless of area of specialty, from geo-morphology to political ecology, from social theorist to meteorologist, maps serve as the element that unifies the discipline of geography. With maps, geographers depict locations and display spatial relationships and spatial distributions; additionally, maps are tools, which allow geographers to visualize and hypothesize spatial connections because many spatial relationships are not visible until they are plotted on a map. Cartography has a long and interesting history filled with revolutionary changes that have altered the creation and production of maps.

Ubiquitous Maps

It is impossible to imagine life in the 21st century without maps. Maps are everywhere; they are ...

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