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Unread 06-16-2012, 02:57 PM   #14
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Title: Map or Globe Element
Hostess: Brenda K. (tessaduck)
Keyword: JUN12VSNJ
Day/Date: Saturday, June 16
Time: 6:00 P. M., EST

The basic purpose of any map
Is to tell you where youíre at.
The maps also help you in knowing
Where youíve been, where youíre going,
And how to get there. And whatís more
Theyíll tell about what was there before.
As you learn about your home
You can use maps to roam
Places where you might not ever go,
To compare with what you already know.

The symbols on maps stand for things.
Colors, lines, pictures: Each brings
Ideas across in graphic form,
Like where itís cold or where itís warm
Or where itís crowded or they vote Democratic.
But map-reading skills are not automatic!
Maps are full of all kinds of surprises.
Did you know that maps come in different sizes?
Thatís called scale. Itís large or small,
Depending on area covered. Itís all
Very basic. And there are different kinds
Of maps: Physical, like mineral finds,
Weather maps and graphic relief;
And cultural, like religious beliefs,
Population density and voting patterns.

Whatever happens, that really matters,
Happens somewhere. Cartographers take
That information, record it on paper,
To share with the public, graphics intact.
What theyíd seen is what theyíve mapped.
Directions, scale, title and key:
What theyíd mapped stands for what youíd see.


SO-- I wrote this poem in another lifetime ages ago, before digital cartography, when I was a graduate student in geography. Eh. Iím not a great poet, and never made a career in geography (taught lots, though), but Iím still fascinated by maps. Must be a paper thing. Also, I like the idea of repurposing.

Letís make a project, using maps or images of maps and/or globes.

My first sampleís background is an old AAA road map of the western US.

I used a page from a discarded student atlas to make the lid on the second sample, a gift box for a graduate. (Yes, this box CAN be assembled in less than 45 minutes. Thereís no adhesive and I used an ms score board!)

My buddy, Moe, used some wrapping paper.

Feel free to use a stamped image of a map, map elements (e. g., compass rose), or globe on your project. Canít wait to see what you all can do with a map!




2. You have 45 minutes to complete the challenge.
Please remember to put in the correct keyword, JUN12VSNJ, when uploading your image. Copying and pasting the challenge keyword is recommended to avoid typos.

It is also highly recommended that you post a link to your creation in this chat thread to be sure your creation is seen.
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