Marie Tharp mapping the ocean floor — 2 books one podcast
Book Reviews / September 15, 2016

                    Marie Tharp was a brilliant and determined woman. She faced institutionalized discrimination against women in her field and pushed through to be a leader. Her work helped us understand our world through plate tectonics and ocean basins better. By combining  and connecting distinct research trips of transects and bathymetric profiles across the ocean, she created a ...

Plate Tectonics: An Insider’s History Of The Modern Theory Of The Earth
Book Reviews / May 12, 2016

Title: Plate Tectonics: An Insider’s History Of The Modern Theory Of The Earth Author: Naomi Oreskes Date/Year:  January 20, 2003 (Westview Press) Format: Paperback and Hardcove Language: English Reviewer: cartonaut We rely on coordinates, often using them as an absolute fixed location. But we often don’t add time nor recognize the fact that the ground is not fixed while the coordinate is. I live in Sonoma County, California. T...

MAP: Exploring the world
Book Reviews / October 12, 2015

Title: MAP: Exploring the world Author: Phaidon Press Limited Date/Year: September 28, 2015 Format: Hardcover, 10.2 inches wide x 11.8 inches wide  x 1.5 inches thick Language: English (French is available through pre-order from Phaidon) Reviewer: cartonaut Phaidon Press Limited worked long and hard to compact a broad topic into a rolling visual summary of cartography with 300 maps and timeline. After a well written intro by John Hes...

Authorizing Comments, the social bargain
Announcements / August 7, 2015

Comments need attribution and accountability. This is a site of civil dialogue that leaves anonymity at the door. Instead of requiring users to create a new login to be able to comment, this site will use your existing logins from different social media on the web and other sources with an established personal authorization. Yep, we’ll let your friends vouch for you . With that comes some hiccups, occasionally their authorizati...

Announcements / August 7, 2015

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Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities
Book Reviews / August 7, 2015

Title: Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities Author: Frank Jacobs Date/Year: October 29, 2009 Format: Paperback Reviewer: cartonaut To kick off Map Book Blog with its first review, this review is for a book that itself started as a blog that resulted in an atlas of curious maps compiled by Frank Jacobs called Strange Maps. The book and blog have had a large and devoted following and both have been reviewed often and in d...

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Announcements / August 7, 2015

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Announcements / August 6, 2015

This blog is a way for GIS users, map fanatics, visualization of spatial data geeks, and cartography buffs to share some of the books related to mapping that they’ve enjoyed. You’re invited to write a guest review of: A book you’ve always loved The one currently on your nightstand Atlas Fiction Technical Manual or Guide Share the best with us. Register to get a login for comments. Comments are moderated.