Monday, March 30, 2009

Mexico Maps Available in Ball State University Libraries

Maps in the News: Juarez, Mexico

The Obama administration announced this week that it will send hundreds of federal border agents and crime-fighting surveillance equipment to the Mexican border to try to stop the violence from Mexican drug cartels from spreading into the United States. In Ciudad Juarez across the border from El Paso, Texas, more than 7,500 army soldiers have been sent to take over the police force. Many experts, however, do not think these measures will be effective in the war against this $30 billion a year industry.

The Geospatial Resources and Map Collection on the second floor of Bracken Library has a diverse collection of maps of Mexico. The map shown is a map of Juarez, Mexico, that includes a guide booklet. The Map Collection also includes maps of Mexico, maps showing the states of Mexico, and maps of the individual states.

The history Mexico and Central America is covered in maps about the Aztecs and Olmecs. Great Peoples of the Past: Ancient Mesoamerica is a National Geographic map detailing the great civilizations of the area.

The Map Collection also includes bathymetric maps and nautical charts of the Gulf of Mexico. Road atlases in the Collection cover the transportation network of Mexico. Several sets of topographic maps of Mexico are also available in the GRMC.

The Map Collection includes dozens of city maps of Mexico. Tourist maps of Acapulco, Cancun, and Cozumel are available. A map of El Paso, Texas, from 2004 was created in English and Spanish, and another map of El Paso includes the adjoining communities in Mexico like Juarez.

Maps from the GRMC may be circulated for two weeks or longer. Atlases circulated for four weeks.

For more information about these resources, please contact the GRMC at 765/285-1097 or visit Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

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