Historical How the North Ended Up On Top of the Map


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Feb 26, 2018
Raleigh, NC
Taking a Geology Field Methods class years ago, the professor held a topo map upside down and started lecturing (about something else). About 20 minutes in, after a lot of giggling by the class, someone had the courage to point out the map was upside down. The prof looked down and said, "Not to me." That was a long 20 minutes (for him) to make a point. Knowing where you are is the most important use of a map. Orientation is important for perspective though. I found this out with a weather group at an airport. They needed their map oriented for easier interpretation of features off in the distance. (helps them determine site-distance visibility for pilots)
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