Defining a Region (4)



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Choosing a style for a map is tough. When I took my master’s cartography course, I learned all about it and I’m finally getting to put those skills to use. You don’t think much goes into making a map from scratch, but that’s the point-if it looks effortless, the map maker did their job. We’re starting to see Mina’s love for tech and maps as she’s been fascinated with Google Expeditions as of late. If you are a teacher looking to bring a Google Expedition to your school and have a cool $10,000, you can enjoy virtual field trips. For now, the Human Imprint enjoys Google Expeditions through Google Cardboard at a cost of $15.99. Every geography geek has to check it out though-Expeditions is going to change everything (how many times have we said that about Google, right?)

In the meantime, I use .KML file extensions to show LAYERS of information in Google Maps. In this case, I downloaded a KML map layer that illustrates World Regions that I can project onto my Google Earth/Map/Arc GIS application. Download the KML here and throw it into one of those programs of your choice. Without virtual or augmented reality, this is currently as close as we can get. Try this one that I downloaded from A Basis Life’s Blog (CLICK HERE). Once you download the file, drop it into Google Earth and viola-regions.

In the meantime, if you are looking for the official AP delineations of World regions, here they are in all of their glory. 

I’m heading out to the 2017 AP Reading in Cincinnati today. My plane leaves at 3:00pm and I have nothing packed. I can’t wait to spend the week with hundreds of other fellow geo-nerds and see what everyone is talking about this year…may I guess “New Urbanism”?

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