Monday, January 26, 2015

Week 3 - Cartography Using a GIS

This week we created three maps of Mexico: population by state (shown by state), rivers and transportation routes, and topography. The purpose of the lab was to manipulate the metadata, show certain values and hide others. Also learning to label features, adjust the labels, and in general make the map legible and easy to look at.

This map shows the population of Mexico by state. The graduated color range represents the population, from light yellow being the least populated, to dark red representing the most populated. Shades of yellow to red stand out on the background of light green and blue, bringing focus to Mexico. Also I have adjusted the population ranges to cut off at nice even numbers, so they are meaningful to the reader.

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