Map Critique 3

October 21, 2009

Map Critique 3
The map I chose to critique is called “Total Population”. The map shows the total population of the world in 2002. Each country is not its normal size. The size of the country is based on their population. The map also shows in a table the some of the most and some of the fewest people. China has the largest population so it is the largest country on the map. The country with the lowest population is Holy See with a population of 1,000. Also, a diagram of the world population by region and an excerpt explaining what is going on in the map. The countries are all in very bright colors. China stands out the most because it is the largest and is in a bright green color.
I like the map; it is a different way to look at the world population on a map. The audience of this map is anyone. Most maps just have the population color coded and are kind of boring to look at. Even though those maps are boring to look at they give you actual numbers/data; this map does not. When a person looks at this map they can only tell by the size of the country and compare it to other countries that it has a larger or smaller population. This would not be a very good map to use for exact calculations of population. The flaw of the map is it does not show a very accurate account of every country’s population. This map would be good to show people how much of impact some of the countries have on the Earth. The map does not follow good principles of cartography. It does not have orientation, legend, or a scale. Good principles of cartography that the map does have are: the source of information, the date the map was created, a title, and a neatline. I think the map communicated what it is about pretty well because it tells the audience what the map is about in the title.
Total Population. Map. 2006. Oct. 2009 <;.



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