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Map Projections


Compare the four major families of map projections; conformal, equal-area, azimuthal, and equidistant. Explain the biases of the Mercator's versus the Peter's projections. 7.3.13 tpi

Links verified 3/29/2011

  1. Map Projections - In order to represent the surface of the earth on a flat piece of paper, the map area is projected onto the paper. There are many different types of projections, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.
  2. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsMap Projections - This lesson emphasizes map projections and has students consider the different types of map projections and the most appropriate projections for various uses. (from National Geographic)
  3. Map Projection Overview - by Peter H. Dana, Department of Geography, University of Texas at Austin
  4. Projections - Maps are called projections because map-makers have to project a 3-D surface onto a 2-D map.
  5. Round Earth, Flat Maps - from National Geographic
  6. Map Projections and Map Coordinate Systems - Introduction to GIS ( a 69 page document with many good illustrations) An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
  7. A PowerPoint show related to this standardMap Projections - A slide show by Francisco Olivera University of Texas at Austin
  8. A PowerPoint show related to this standardGeodesy and Map Projections - PowerPoint show

A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessons site for teachers | A PowerPoint show related to this standard PowerPoint show | An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format Acrobat document | A Microsoft Word document to be downloaded Word document | This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard whiteboard resource | This resource includes voice instructions for students sound | A video is available through this link video format | This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data interactive lesson | This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding a quiz | A lesson plan can be found at this site lesson plan | This link includes something for the teacher to print to print

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