Map Critique 5

November 30, 2009

Map Critique 5

            The map I chose to critique is called, “Atlas of Faiths”. It shows the different religions and what part of the world each religion is in. The religions are represented by a different shade of color. There are 16 different categories that are shown. Fifteen of the categories are religions and the 16th category is unpopulated. Some of the religions that are shown are Roman Catholic, Protestant, Mormons, Muslims, and Jews. Also, shown on the map is a pie chart showing the percentage of believers. In the pie chart there are different categories. The largest religion in the world according to this chart is Muslim. Another chart is shown in the map which shows the believers by religion. It forecasts which religions will rise and decrease by 2050.  This is shown in the millions. The chart shows that Christians will have the largest population by 2050.

            I think this map is very interesting. I did not realize that the Muslim religion was so large. The audience for this map could be anyone. This map would be used for scientific use. The map I think shows a pretty good depiction of the world religions. They received their data from Encyclopedia Britannica. The map has most of the good principles of cartography. It has a title, a legend, and a neatline. It does not have a north arrow. Other elements is does have is the source the data came from and the dates of the map. I liked that the map does not just show the map, but it also puts charts on the map to help you understand the map more. The message that the map communicates to me is that religion has a lot to do with what goes on in different regions.

Bibliography

Atlas of Faiths. 2003. 30 Nov. 2009 wp-content/uploads/map_world_religions.gif.

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November 20, 2009

Map Critique 4

November 15, 2009

Map Critique 4

The map I chose to critique is called “Generic Names for Soft Drinks by County”. The map shows the generic names for soft drinks in the United States. The map is divided up into each county within each state. There are four different categories in the legend. Different shades of blue stands for people that say “pop”, different shade of red stand for people that say “coke”, different shade of yellow stand for people that say “soda”, different shade of green stand for people that say “other”, and purple stands for no data. It is a very colorful map and really stands out to me. The color that pops out to the most is the color blue, which means most of the United States says, “pop” for a generic name for a soft drink. After “pop” it is “coke”, “soda”, and “other names”. The map shows that the northwest and the mid-west say “pop”. The South says, “coke” and the Southwest, Hawaii and New England say, “soda”.

Overall I like the map. I first saw the map at work this summer and thought it was really funny. I think the map audience is for anyone to look at. I do not think this map can really be used for anything else other than for entertainment. I think it is a scientific map because it has data that has been compiled to create it. The map has most of the good principles of cartography. It has a title telling an audience what the map is showing. It has a legend which tells an audience what each color means in the map. The map has the source, neatline, and the date. The only principles the map does not have is the scale of the map and the north arrow/orientation.  I think the map communicates to the audience very well, it tells the audience exactly what it is all about, by the title.

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Bibliography

Generic Names for Soft Drinks by County. 1 Mar. 2003. 14 Nov. 2009 <http://popvssoda.com:2998/countystats/total-county.html&gt;.